LEXINGTON, Ky. – A new tradition for the Gallaudet University volleyball program is the annual summer announcement of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award and for the fourth consecutive year the Bison are on the prestigious list. Gallaudet is one of 75 NCAA Division III women’s team recipients for the 2009-10 season. The Bison posted the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the six seasons under the guidance of Coach Lynn Ray Boren with a 3.73 mark.
In the final year in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) the Bison posted a 27-14 overall record and 6-2 mark in the conference where Gallaudet advanced to the title match. GU finished the year as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Region champions. Gallaudet is one of two CAC teams to earn AVCA Team Academic Honors along with St. Mary’s (Md.) College. Two teams from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), the new conference for Gallaudet, were recognized in Cazenovia College and Penn State-Harrisburg. Ten of the Bison volleyball student-athletes were recently recognized with CAC All-Academic honors for this past year.
The AVCA Team Academic 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 GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
“It is definitely nice to know that my student-athletes have continued to do well in the classroom and extend our AVCA Team Academic Award streak to a fourth year,” said Boren. “They always make me so proud to be their coach and I am glad to see them excel on-and-off the court. They understand the importance of keeping academics first and keeping our volleyball tradition strong.”
The AVCA sets a new team record with 450 teams honored in 2009-10 that surpasses last year’s mark of 409 and is nearly 100 more than the 354 set in 2007-08. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse earned its 10th consecutive award this season, the longest streak in Division III. Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 18-year history, and over 2,900 awards have been given out in all. Only two institutions, both high schools, have earned the distinction all 18 years: Jonesboro High School (Jonesboro, Arkansas) and Ross S. Sterling High School (Baytown, Texas).
Gallaudet begins the 2010-11 season on September 3 against University of Scranton at the Battlefield Classic in Gettysburg, Pa. The Bison will be recognized for their 2009-10 AVCA Team Academic Award at home on Wednesday, September 22, against Goucher College at 7 p.m.
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by IMG Associations, a division of IMG, the world's premier and most diversified sports, entertainment and media company. The mission of the AVCA is to develop and grow the sport of volleyball; with a membership of over 5,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and developing the sport. Members are comprised of national and international coaches, collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as club directors. Other members include former players, officials, media members and other friends of volleyball. As a group, the AVCA is committed to the development, growth, advancement and publicity of volleyball throughout the world. Further information is available at www.avca.org.