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Lady Flames Earn AVCA Team Academic Award
Complete Listing of AVCA Team Academic Award Recipients
The Liberty volleyball team was named among the top academic programs in NCAA Division I once again, earning the AVCA Team Academic Award for the third straight year. The honor was announced today by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
A record 622 programs, encompassing men's and women's volleyball at the high school and collegiate level, have received Team Academic Award recognition this year. This total surpasses the previous record of 533, set during the 2011-12 academic year.
The award, which was first given in 1993, honors volleyball teams that maintained at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 grade-point average on a 5.0 scale.
Liberty volleyball registered a 3.408 overall cumulative GPA during the 2012-13 academic year. The Lady Flames were one of only three Big South programs, also including Gardner-Webb and Radford, to earn the AVCA Team Academic Award this year.
Head coach Shane Pinder's Lady Flames were one of 130 NCAA Division I women's volleyball teams to earn the award, as Division I made up 20.9 percent of the total 2012-13 Team Academic Award recipients.
This marks this third year in a row, and fourth time overall, that Liberty has earned the Team Academic Award. The Lady Flames first gained the honor following the 2001-02 academic year.