LEXINGTON, Ky. – Four SAC volleyball programs have earned AVCA Team Academic Awards for the 2011-12 academic year, the organization has announced.
Anderson, Brevard, Tusculum and Wingate were four of 67 NCAA Division II programs to earn recognition by the AVCA.
The awards honor collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display academic excellence by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average during the most recent season.
"Many coaches tell us they take more pride in and hear more positive feedback about winning the AVCA Team Academic Award than anything else they do all year," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "While it is undeniable that the sport we coach is zero-sum on the scoreboard, it is a tool for empowerment on other fronts.
"The 533 coaches whose teams won this academic award understand the value of both playing to win and winning through play. A well-deserved congratulations to each team and coach."
The Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-01 season, the number of recipients has increased every year but one, while amassing an overall 200-percent increase during the last decade.
More than 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 20-year history, with exactly 4,827 awards been given out in total.