Official AVCA Team Academic Award Release The Liberty volleyball team was honored on Monday for continued success in the classroom. For the seventh straight year, Liberty has received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.
A total of 822 teams across the United States earned the award this year, breaking the previous record of 764, set last year. 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 Campbell, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb and Radford.
The Lady Flames, coached by Shane Pinder, were one of 145 NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs to receive the 2016-17 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 seventh year in a row, and the eighth time in program history. The Lady Flames also made the listing for the 2001-02 academic campaign.
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