The Middlebury volleyball team continued its run of excellence in the classroom by earning the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. The Panthers posted a team grade point average of 3.66 in 2016-17, placing them in the top-25 spots among the 150 Division III schools recognized. In total, a record-high 822 collegiate and high school teams were recognized for their hard work in the award's 25th year of existence.
The award, which was initiated during the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining 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.
A total of 11 Panthers in their respective second-year or higher earned NESCAC All-Academic honors last fall, awarded to student-athletes who have completed at least one full year of college study and who carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.40.
On the court, Middlebury opens the 2017 campaign with four matches over two days at the Union Invitational in New York on September 8 and 9.