(Monday, July 30; Sioux Center, Iowa) The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced 975 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2017-2018 season. This number breaks the previous year's total of 835 to set an all-time high. Dordt College was one of 49 NAIA institutions to earn the honor for women's volleyball.
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.
“Our volleyball program is honored to again be recognized by the AVCA for our academic achievements. Praise God for the commitment by our student athletes to put great effort forward in the classroom and see strong results in the relationships with their professors, the knowledge of the course content and final exam scores. This is exciting,” said Dordt College volleyball coach Chad Hanson.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while amassing a 621-team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 973.