Official AVCA Team Academic Award Release The Liberty volleyball team continues to excel on the court and in the classroom. For the sixth year in a row, Liberty has received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.
A total of 762 teams across the United States earned the award this year, breaking the previous record of 757, set in 2014-15. 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.
Liberty is one of five Big South teams to garner the award this season, along with Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb and Radford. During the 2015-16 academic year, Liberty compiled a 3.43 team GPA.
The Lady Flames, coached by Shane Pinder, were one of 131 NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs to receive the 2015-16 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 sixth year in a row, and the seventh time in program history. The Lady Flames also made the listing for the 2001-02 academic campaign.
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