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.