DENTON, Texas – The North Texas volleyball team was one of 102 Division I programs honored with the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. This is the second time in school history, and the second consecutive year, in which the Mean Green earned the AVCA’s top academic award.
“Academics are the foundation of our program,” said North Texas head coach Ken Murczek. “This award is a testament to the hard work of a lot of people, particularly the student-athletes and academic support staff. We all share the goal of being one of the top academic teams in the country.”
North Texas is one of four Sun Belt schools and one of just seven Division I programs in the state of Texas to be recognized by the AVCA in 2011-12.
The AVCA recognizes every NCAA, NAIA, junior college and high school team that maintains 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. This year, a record 533 teams from across the nation earned the AVCA honor – an increase of over 200 percent over the last decade.
North Texas has taken care of business on the court as well. The Mean Green has notched back-to-back .500-plus seasons for the first time since the founding of the program in 1976-77, and advanced to the Sun Belt Tournament semifinals in consecutive years. All-Sun Belt outside hitter, Eboni Godfrey, returns for her sophomore season this fall.