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 3.46 during 2018-19, marking the 14th-consecutive year (2006-19) that the program has been recognized for its academic achievements. In total, a record-high 1,125 collegiate and high school teams were honored for their hard work in the award's 27th year of existence.
The award, which was initiated during the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school 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.
Seven Panthers in their respective second years or higher earned NESCAC All-Academic honors last fall. The honor is 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 3.50.
On the court, Middlebury opens the 2019 campaign with two matches on September 7 at the Union Tri-Match against Manhattanville and the host Dutchwomen.