Aug. 6, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Five Patriot League women's volleyball programs were among the 134 Division I teams recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for academic success, it was announced on Monday. American, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Loyola University Maryland were recognized for achieving 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 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. A record 676 teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2013-2014 season.
"Too often athletic participation is associated with academic underachievement and this stereotype is simply false when it comes to volleyball," AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer stated in a release. "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 2014 women's volleyball season gets under way on Friday, August 29 with all nine Patriot League programs participating in action that day. The League schedule begins in mid-September and will culminate with a two-day championship on Nov. 22-23 at the site of the highest seed.