The Liberty volleyball team was given the AVCA Team Academic Award for the second straight year.
The Liberty volleyball team has been honored as one of the top academic programs in NCAA Division I, receiving the AVCA Team Academic Award for the second year in a row. The award was announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). A record total of 533 teams, encompassing men's and women's volleyball at the high school and college level, have earned the Team Academic Award this year. This total eclipses the previous record of 481, set during the 2010-11 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's volleyball team posted a 3.424 overall cumulative GPA during the 2011-12 academic year, making the Lady Flames one of two Big South programs to earn the academic award this season. Gardner-Webb was the other conference recipient. Head coach Shane Pinder's Lady Flames were one of 102 NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs to earn the award, as Division I made up 19.14 percent of the total 2011-12 Team Academic Award recipients. This is the third time that Liberty has earned the Team Academic Award, including the second in a row. The Lady Flames also garnered the distinction following the 2001-02 academic season.
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