The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) recently announced the list of recipients for their annual AVCA Team Academic Award. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year 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.
"Excellence doesn't happen by accident, either on the court or in the classroom," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "It takes consistent preparation, relentless effort, and determined leadership. A full year of academic achievement, by an entire team of individual students, is a remarkable achievement. What better way to start a new season than with a celebration of an award so emblematic of all that is necessary for sustained success."
The Saints breezed by the minimum 3.30 grade point average by posting a 3.449 average for the year. Their spring semester alone was a 3.592 average and it saw five of the ten team members be honored to the Dean's List at St. Lawrence University which requires at least a 3.600 grade point average and a course load of at least four units. Both marks are the highest since Coach Shelly Roiger's arrival in 2009.
"I am extremely proud of our team with this accomplishment for the second consecutive year. Our players do an outstanding job of representing our program in a positive manner throughout the campus community and this award is a testament to their diligence in the classroom," said Coach Roiger. "Less than 15% of the Division III programs in the nation are recipients of this award and I'm very proud of this accomplishment for our team."