Official AVCA Team Academic Award Release The Liberty volleyball team posted a 3.60 cumulative GPA for the 2017-18 academic year, ranking inside the Top 25 for all NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs. For the eighth year in a row, the Lady Flames have earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.
This is the first time in program history that the Lady Flames have attained a Top 25 team GPA. Liberty's 3.60 GPA was the highest of any team that competed in the Big South Conference in 2017-18.
"I am so proud of all the hard work our girls have put in, not only on the court, but more importantly in the classroom," Head Coach Trevor Johnson said. "For us, it's God, academics and volleyball in that order."
A record total of 975 teams across the United States earned the award for the 2017-18 academic year, breaking the previous record of 835, set in 2016-17. The honor went to teams at the high school and collegiate (indoor and sand) levels. The total number of schools recognized has increased every year since 2004-05, when 276 institutions received the award.
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.
The Lady Flames were one of 164 NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs to receive the 2017-18 AVCA Team Academic Award. Division I programs made up 17 percent of the overall recipients this year.
Liberty has been honored with the Team Academic Award for the eighth year in a row, and the ninth time in program history. The Lady Flames also made the listing for the 2001-02 academic campaign.
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