Blue Demon Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award
The Blue Demons have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the sixth straight season.

Aug. 8, 2013

AVCA Release

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Thursday that DePaul volleyball, among a record 130 NCAA Division I programs, earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 season.

It was the sixth straight season, as well as the seventh time in eight years, the Blue Demons have been bestowed with the honor.

Across the board, BIG EAST Conference teams fared well in the classroom in 2012-13 with seven-of-nine programs receiving the award – up from just three teams a year ago.

"I'm just really happy for our team to be recognized for all the hard work they put in last year on-and-off the court," said Edwards, who enters her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2013. “To have seven teams bring home the award in our conference is outstanding. We’re really proud to be part of a conference that values success in the classroom every bit as much as success on the court."

The award, which debuted during the 1992-93 academic year, honors both collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom. The requirement for the award is a team 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.

As a whole, NCAA Division I honored its most-ever recipients (130 programs, or nearly 21 percent of eligible schools). Since the 2000-01 season, the number of teams receiving the award across all levels has increased every year but one.

"Excellence doesn't happen by accident, either on the court or in the classroom," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "It takes consistent preparation, relentless effort, and determined leadership. A full year of academic achievement, by an entire team of individual students, is a remarkable achievement.  What better way to start a new season than with a celebration of an award so emblematic of all that is necessary for sustained success."     

About the AVCA
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to develop the sport of volleyball and its coaches. With a membership of over 6,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at



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