Panthers Recognized by AVCA for Work in the Classroom

The Panthers boasted a team GPA of 3.41 under Head Coach Sarah Raunecker.
The Panthers boasted a team GPA of 3.41 under Head Coach Sarah Raunecker.

The Middlebury volleyball team continued its run of excellence in the classroom by earning the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. In total, a record-high 684 teams were recognized for their hard work.

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.

"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 Panthers posted a team GPA of 3.41 in 2013-14, placing them among the 129 Division III schools recognized. Five of the squad's second-year or higher members earned NESCAC All-Academic honors, 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 3.35.

Coming off its seventh-consecutive winning season with an 18-7 record in 2013, Middlebury will open the 2014 campaign with four matches over two days at the UMass-Boston Tournament.