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July 17, 2018 at 9:56 am #61728
For the second straight year, the West Virginia University volleyball team was named as a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2017-18 season, as announced by the organization Monday evening.
The Mountaineers were one of 163 Division I programs honored, with 973 high school and collegiate teams earning the accolade. This number breaks the previous year’s total of 835 to set an all-time high.
“I’m proud of our girls and their consistency in the classroom,” WVU coach Reed Sunahara said. “I’m also thankful to (Assistant Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Development) Stephanie White and her staff for guiding our players through a demanding schedule, both on and off the court. They’ve worked hard to get where they are today, and I’m very proud of them.”
Several individuals have accrued academic awards for WVU this season. Six Mountaineers were named to the 2017 Big 12 Volleyball All-Academic Team, while senior libero Gianna Gotterba earned the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, the league’s highest academic honor. All six freshmen also were named to the Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team.
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.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-01 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while amassing a 619-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 973.0
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