The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 480 collegiate teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 season. Of that total, 140 were NCAA Division III teams, including the Kenyon College Ladies.
The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the academic year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Under first-year coach Amanda Krampf, the Ladies earned the academic honor for the first time in over a decade. The 14 players on the 2014-15 roster combined to post an amazing 3.51 team grade point average. The young team didn’t quite post the overall win-loss record it wanted, but it displayed obvious improvement and its six wins were the most since the 2011 season.
“A hearty congratulations to all the volleyball coaches whose teams won the AVCA Team Academic Award,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “Teams do not succeed in the classroom by accident any more so than they do on the court. The same coach who taught them volleyball skills cared enough about their academic achievement to gather their grades, calculate their GPA, and submit a nomination on their behalf. In doing so, these coaches sent a clear message that classroom success is just as important as volleyball success. All involved should celebrate this award!”