Volleyball Squad Garners Fourth Straight AVCA Team Academic Award
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - Lexington, Ky.
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The Wilmington University volleyball team competes against Felician College during the CACC Tournament Quarterfinals at the Wilmington University Sports Complex in Newark, DE on Nov 12, 2013. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University, All Rights Reserved. Photo by Mark Tetreault.
For the fourth year in a row, the Wilmington University volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic season. The team was among a record breaking 684 programs that earned the distinction this year.
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.
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 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but one, while amassing an overall 500 percent 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 684.
NCAA Division I recorded their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 136 programs while NCAA Division II also set a new record by reaching a total of 95 honorees. NCAA Division III continues to set new records after 129 schools take home the honor with the Two-Year College category also surpassing their previous high of 16 with 23.
The Wildcats earned a spot on the list with a 3.41 team GPA in the classroom while also going 23-10 overall on the court last year. Wilmington is one of three teams from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference to earn the team award, joining Chestnut Hill College and Goldey-Beacom College.
Wilmington opens its 2014 slate on the road at the ESU Warrior Invitational on the campus of East Stroudsburg on September 6. The first shot to see the Wildcats in action at the WU Athletics Complex is on September 10 when the team hosts CACC South Division foe Chestnut Hill at 7 p.m.