Panther Volleyball Recognized by AVCA for Classroom Work

Panther Volleyball Recognized by AVCA for Classroom Work


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 3.65 in 2015-16, placing them third among the 144 Division III schools recognized. In total, a record-high 762 collegiate and high school 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.

"Congratulations to the coaches and institutions that won the 2016 AVCA Team Academic Award," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "It is no accident that a volleyball coaches association recognizes academic excellence as a team, rather than an individual, achievement. Players influence each other, both in execution on the court and discipline in the classroom."

Eight 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 opens the 2016 campaign with four matches over two days at the Union Invitational in New York on September 9 and 10.