LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 1,126 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2018-2019 season. This number breaks the previous year's total of 977 to set an all-time high.
MCLA earned the Team Academic Award, but also was an Honor Roll program in Division III. The honor roll designation indicates that MCLA was in the Top 25 nationally for GPA among those schools nominated. The Trailblazers finished the academic year with a team GPA of 3.61. Four Trailblazers notched 4.0 semesters this past spring and ten student athletes achieved a 3.5 or higher.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while more than doubling the total over the last eight academic years. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 1,125.
Girls high school led the way with 444 recipients, an increase of 86 over last year. NCAA Division I leaped ahead of NCAA Division III to bring in the second-most recipients adding 25 programs from a year ago for a total of 189. NCAA Division III is third with 175 (+2) while NCAA Division II is next with 141 (+13). One of the fastest growing sectors for this award is high school boys/collegiate men, notching a +10 increase for a total of 62 honorees. Collegiate beach is another fast-growing category with that area of the sport nearly doubling last year's total from 22 to 41.
This also marks the third year honoring schools that have a minimum Team Academic Award streak of 15 years, and also for schools that scored the highest GPAs in their respective divisions. In order for a school to be awarded as an honor roll recipient, their division had to reach a minimum number of nominations. For NCAA Division I, II, III, and girls high school, their nomination number allows for a top-25 honor roll. For NAIA women, a top-10, with two-year college, collegiate men, collegiate beach, and high school boys garnering a top-5.
Additionally, schools that reached their Dig Pink® fundraising goals through the Side-Out Foundation will continue to be honored. Dig Pink® is a nationwide movement to provide meaningful and impactful experiences for athletes while inspiring and empowering them to come together in support of the stage IV breast cancer community. Each year, hundreds of teams across the country (and some overseas) participate in the Dig Pink® Rally.
Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 25-year history, with exactly 9,586 awards been given out in total.
2018-19 BREAKDOWN BY CLASSIFICATION
NCAA Division I Women: 189
NCAA Division II Women: 142
NCAA Division III Women: 175
NAIA Women: 51
Two-Year College: 21
Collegiate Men: 19
High School Girls: 444 (5 sand)
High School Boys: 43
Collegiate Beach: 41