Volleyball Earns AVCA Academic Award For Sixth-Straight Year

July 25, 2016

DENTON – The North Texas volleyball program has been awarded the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the sixth consecutive year, announced Monday afternoon.

The AVCA presents the award to collegiate and high school programs that maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a scale of 4.0 or 4.1 on a scale of 5.0. The 2015-16 squad combined for a 3.63 grade-point average.

“I’m proud of our players for making academics an important and integral part of our program,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “We have earned this award the past six season years, so the bar has been set for each and every class coming through our program.”

Each of the four Mean Green teams under coach Palileo have been named to the AVCA list and 12 of the 16 athletes on the 2015-16 roster maintained a 3.6 grade-point average or better.

The Mean Green were one of seven Conference USA schools on the list as Charlotte, Rice, Marshall, Southern Miss, UTSA and WKU also earned the AVCA Team Academic Award.

In the Academic Progress Rates (APR) that were released in April, volleyball collected a perfect score of 1,000 for the third consecutive year. The squad tallied a score of 995 in the multiyear year report, which was good for second amongst the 16 teams at North Texas.

In total, 764 teams made this year’s list breaking the previous record of 757 set last year.

You can view the full list of AVCA Academic Team honorees here.



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