LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 31, 2015) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced on Friday its team academic awards for the 2014-15 season with ETSU being one of the record-setting 755 schools to receive the prestigious honor.
As a team, the Bucs registered a 3.61 grade-point average during the 2014-15 season. Overall, 12 student-athletes posted a GPA above 3.0, while eight players recorded a GPA of 3.5 or better. The Bucs were well represented in the fall of 2014 with nine being placed on the SoCon All-Academic Team.
“Teams do not succeed in the classroom by accident any more so than they do on the court,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “These coaches sent a clear message that classroom success is just as important as volleyball success. All involved should celebrate this award.”
ETSU is one of five schools from the SoCon to receive the 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 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The NCAA Division I recorded their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 146 programs while NCAA Division II also set a new record by reaching a total of 113 honorees. NCAA Division III continues to set records after 140 schools take home the honor with the Two-Year College category also surpassing their previous high of 22 with 24.
The AVCA Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA’s fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-01 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but one, while amassing a 476 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award’s inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 755.
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