Bison earn third consecutive AVCA Team Academic Award
LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the third straight year the Gallaudet University volleyball program earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. GU is the only Capital Athletic Conference team to be honored among the 77 NCAA Division III teams recipients for the 2008-09 season.
The AVCA Team Academic Award honors volleyball teams at the high school and college level that are successful in the classroom. Nominees include high school or college teams that have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 (on a 4.00 scale) or 4.10 (on a 5.00 scale) during the full academic year (both semesters or all quarters), and include all varsity athletes who competed in volleyball with the institution for any portion of the academic year.
"I am thrilled my student-athletes earned their third straight academic award presented by the AVCA," said GU volleyball coach Lynn Ray Boren. "They deserve this because they value their academics. They earn my trust for doing so well off the court in the classroom. New players in our program have a responsibility to keep this streak going because academics are so important at Gallaudet."
Overall there were 409 teams honored by the AVCA which surpasses its mark of 354 set in 2007-08. This award was initiated in 1992-93. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse earned its ninth consecutive award this season, the longest streak in Division III. Kalamazoo College holds the most awards in Division III with 11. Gallaudet posted an 18-18 record this past season.
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by IMG Associations. The mission of the AVCA is to develop and grow the sport of volleyball; with a membership of over 4,500 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and developing the sport. Members are comprised of national and international coaches, collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as club directors. Other members include former players, officials, media members and other friends of volleyball. As a group, the AVCA is committed to the development, growth, advancement and publicity of volleyball throughout the world. Further information is available at www.avca.org.