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Liberty Receives AVCA Team Academic Award

August 6, 2014
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2013-14 AVCA Team Academic Award

For the fourth year in a row, the Liberty volleyball team has been honored for academic success by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The Lady Flames were listed among the recipients of the AVCA Team Academic Award, as announced this week.

A total of 676 teams across the United States earned the award this year, breaking the previous record of 623, set in 2013-14. The honor went to teams at the high school and collegiate (indoor and sand) levels.

The AVCA Team Academic Award debuted in 1993, and honors volleyball programs that maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 grade-point average on a 5.0 scale.

Liberty volleyball recorded a 3.48 overall cumulative GPA through the 2013-14 academic year. Liberty is one of three Big South teams to garner the award this season, along with Gardner-Webb and Radford. 

The Lady Flames, coached by Shane Pinder, were one of 134 NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs to receive the 2013-14 AVCA Team Academic Award. Division I programs made up 20 percent of the overall recipients this year.

Liberty has been honored with the Team Academic Award for the fourth year in a row, and the fifth time in program history. The Lady Flames also made the listing for the 2001-02 academic campaign.