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Liberty Earns AVCA Team Academic Award for 6th Straight Year

July 25, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Earns AVCA Team Academic Award for 6th Straight Year

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.