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 3.64 in 2014-15, placing them seventh among the 142 Division III schools recognized. In total, a record-high 752 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.
"A hearty congratulations to all the volleyball coaches whose teams won the AVCA Team Academic Award," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Teams do not succeed in the classroom by accident any more so than they do on the court. The same coach who taught them volleyball skills cared enough about their academic achievement to gather their grades, calculate their GPA, and submit a nomination on their behalf. In doing so, these coaches sent a clear message that classroom success is just as important as volleyball success. All involved should celebrate this award!"
Six 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.
On the court, Middlebury will open the 2015 campaign with four matches over two days at the Smith Invitational.