LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Salisbury University women's volleyball team has been awarded the 2016-17 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. The Sea Gulls were one of 822 teams to receive the honor, and this marked the third straight year they have received this honor. The Sea Gulls joined 149 other NCAA Division III Women Volleyball teams, which earned recognition for outstanding academics during 2016-17 school year.
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 celebrating its 25th year and is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 532 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 822. This year's number breaks the previous number of 764 which was at the time a record when announced back in 2015-16.
Salisbury opens its season on Friday, September 1 against Medaille College at the annual Sea Gull Classic.
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