LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Michigan Tech volleyball team received the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 season. The Huskies were one of 95 NCAA Division II team’s to earn the award with a 3.4 grade point average.
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.
“Too often athletic participation is associated with academic underachievement and this stereotype is simply false when it comes to volleyball,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “Couple the smarts represented by these teams with the competitive experience and team-focused training gained on the court and we have a potent formula for future leadership! What a significant contribution that is by their coaches and schools.”
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.
The 687 recipients of this year’s award once again breaks the previous year’s total of 623 and sets a new all-time high for this award. Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program’s 22-year history, with exactly 6,126 awards been given out in total.
(Information Courtesy of MTU Athletics)