LEXINGTON, Ky. – For a fifth consecutive year the Gallaudet University volleyball team landed on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award list. Gallaudet is one of 88 NCAA Division III women’s team recipients for the 2010-11 season. The Bison posted a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.35.
Gallaudet won the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship in the first year of being a member of the conference. GU secured a berth into the NCAA Division III tournament where the Bison traveled to Newport News, Va., and lost to nationally ranked Christopher Newport University in the first round. Gallaudet finished with a 24-15 overall record and posted a 7-1 conference mark. GU was 10-3 at home in the Field House last season. The NCAA appearance was the seventh in program history and the first since 2006.
“It is always a momentous occasion to recognize your student-athletes for demonstrating excellence in the classroom with their academics and on the court for athletics. This group continues to make me proud more and more each day,” said Gallaudet University volleyball coach Lynn Ray Boren, who will enter his seventh season at the helm this fall. “This team displayed great time management this past year en route to earning a fifth straight AVCA Team Academic Award. I am lucky to be coaching them and I look forward to this coming year to continue this excellent tradition we have established.”
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.
The AVCA sets a new team record with 481 teams honored in 2010-11 that surpasses last year’s mark of 450. The Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but one, while amassing an overall 170% increase over the span of the decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the award has risen by an astounding 674%. NCAA Division II recorded their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 57 programs while Division III easily surpassed last year's record of 75 winners with 88 this year.
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse earned its 11th consecutive award this season, the longest streak in Division III. Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 19-year history, and over 4,297 awards have been given out in all. Only two institutions, both high schools, have earned the distinction all 19 years: Jonesboro High School (Jonesboro, Arkansas) and Ross S. Sterling High School (Baytown, Texas).
Gallaudet begins the 2011-12 season on September 2 against Mt. St. Vincent at the Battlefield Classic in Gettysburg, Pa. The Bison will be recognized for their 2010-11 AVCA Team Academic Award at home on Thursday, September 22, against Johns Hopkins University at 7 p.m.
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. 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.