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Volleyball Teams Earn AVCA Academic Accolades

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LEXINGTON, KY -- Both Catawba's Indoor Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Squads have earned academic accolades from the United State Marine Corps (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The group announced that 1,315 teams have earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2019-2020 season, topping last year’s record by almost 200 teams. 232 programs received Team Academic honors for the first time in 2020.

“Coaches have the most influence during difficult times,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “Keeping student-athletes focused on their academic success when their volleyball identity was suddenly gone is leadership worth celebrating!”

The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors volleyball teams that maintain a year-long grade-point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale or 4.10 on a 5.0 scale. Catawba's Indoor team had a year GPA of 3.454, while the Beach team came in at 3.442. Seven players on the Indoor roster posted a yearly GPA of over 3.5, while six of the members of the Beach team met that achievement.

In terms of USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award winners by subgroup, girls high school led the way with 461 recipients. In all three NCAA Women’s Divisions, over 50% of the membership won the award, led by 68% in DI, 57% in DII and 53% in DIII. In the emerging sport of beach volleyball, 49% of teams won the award and in the fastest growing sector of Collegiate Men, 38 schools were honored, doubling the number from the previous year.

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