Volleyball Awarded for Academic Excellence by the AVCA
July 22, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that the DePaul volleyball team was one of 450 teams that have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2009-2010 season.
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.
"There is no better way to gauge the success of a sport than to track the accomplishments of the people who participate," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Each of these 450 teams represents 12-15 really smart kids. What a great day for the sport of volleyball!"
The 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. The program has increased by over 300% in the last 10 years and by 79% in the past three years alone.
DePaul is one of 94 Division I teams honored with the AVCA Team Academic Award; while Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and Syracuse joined the Blue Demons on the list from the BIG EAST Conference.