Official AVCA Team Academic Award Release The Liberty volleyball team recorded a 3.74 cumulative GPA for the 2018-19 academic year, ranking inside the Top 25 for all NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs. For the ninth year in a row, the Lady Flames have earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.
This is the second year in a row and second time in program history that the Lady Flames have attained a Top 25 team GPA. Liberty's 3.74 GPA was the highest of any team that competed in the ASUN Conference in 2018-19. Liberty is one of only four teams to be listed among the Top 25 in NCAA Division I volleyball team GPA each of the last two years, joining Chicago State, LIU Brooklyn and UNCW.
"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. "Liberty University does a great job of preparing young people for life after college. For our program, it's God, academics and volleyball in that order."
A record total of 1,125 teams across the United States earned the award for the 2018-19 academic year, breaking the previous record of 977, set in 2017-18. 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 189 NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs to receive the 2018-19 AVCA Team Academic Award. Division I women's programs made up 17 percent of the overall recipients this year.
Liberty has been honored with the Team Academic Award for the ninth year in a row, and the 10th time in program history. The Lady Flames also made the listing for the 2001-02 academic campaign.
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