LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Mars Hill University volleyball team has been named a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, as announced by the organization.
Joining the Lions were seven other South Atlantic Conference schools and a record- setting 822 collegiate and high school volleyball programs that garnered the accolade.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school 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 Lions volleyball squad posted an impressive 3.476 GPA for the 2016-17 academic year.
The AVCA Team Academic Award, celebrating its 25th year, 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.
Girls' high school led the way with 277 recipients, an increase of 17 over last year. NCAA Division I honored 145 programs, while NCAA Division II notched 119 honorees.