Volleyball earns AVCA Academic Award for fourth-straight season

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    July 22, 2009


    LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 409 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2008-2009 season. This number once again eclipses the previous years' total of 354 and sets a new all-time high for this award.

    The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

    NCAA Division I once again had 71 schools receiving the award for academic achievements. Southern Illinois, carrying a 3.5 team cumulative GPA this season, earned recognition for the fourth-straight season and is one of eight Missouri Valley Conference teams to earn the honor.

    The NAIA had 35 of its member schools achieve the honor this year, which is 21% of its total membership for 2008-2009. Nine (9) schools in the Two-Year College category attained the mark while the NCCAA produced two recipients.

    The NCAA men's programs produced multiple recipients of the award this year, with two Division I schools and another two Division III schools earning the award. A total of 165 high school boys' and girls' programs - 17 boys' teams and 148 girls' teams - earned the award in 2008-09.

    Over 900 different schools have earned the award in the program's 17-year history, and over 2,800 awards have been given out.

    Click here for the list of 2008-09 recipients



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