Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Excellence Award|
Aug. 8, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) on Wednesday for its academic excellence during the 2012-2013 season. The Bearcats were one of 130 Division I teams given the AVCA Team Academic Award.
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 GPA. This marks the first year that UC has been given award since earning the distinction four-consecutive years from 2005-08.
“Receiving this award from the AVCA truly means a lot to my staff and to myself, but most importantly to our team” said head coach Molly Alvey. “Individually and as a team they have put quite an effort into changing our outlook and approach to academics these past two semesters. The payoff has been tremendous. We are very excited about the end result to our efforts and time put into academic success and excellence.”
The Bearcats recorded a 3.489 GPA during the spring semester, en route to their highest team cumulative GPA in at least five seasons. Three team members had a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring while six had above a 3.8.
A total of 622 teams earned the honor nation-wide, the highest ever mark for the award. The total bests the 536 schools that received the award in 2011-12.
A full list of this year’s recipients can be found here.
The Bearcats will open the 2013 season when they report for training camp on Fri., Aug. 9. The first match will be against Butler at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 at Fifth Third Arena.