Volleyball Earns 2011-12 AVCA Team Academic Award
July 23, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The East Carolina volleyball team is one of 102 NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs to earn the 2011-12 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, according to a release by the organization. The mark establishes a new all-time high, surpassing the 481 schools that had received honors a year ago.
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. Last season's squad produced a mark of 3.35 with three players maintaining a 4.0 average - Andrea Queck, Britney Roper and Jackie Varnum.
"Many coaches tell us they take more pride in and hear more positive feedback about winning the AVCA Team Academic Award than anything else they do all year," AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer said. "While it is undeniable that the sport we coach is zero-sum on the scoreboard, it is a tool for empowerment on other fronts. The 533 coaches whose teams won this academic award understand the value of both playing to win and winning through play. A well-deserved congratulations to each team and coach."
Of the 11 players on the 2011 roster, eight earned individual recognition on the University's 2011-12 Honor Roll for the fall and spring semesters, while five student-athletes were selected to either the Chancellor's List (4.0 GPA) or Dean's List (3.5 or higher).