Volleyball Takes AVCA Academic Award For Fifth Year
#MGVB Combines For Team GPA Of 3.63 For 2014-15 Season
DENTON - For the fifth year in a row, the North Texas volleyball program was honored with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Since 1992, the AVCA has presented the award to collegiate and high school volleyball teams that maintained at least a 3.30 team grade-point average for the academic year. The Mean Green combined for a 3.63 GPA in 2014-15.
“We're excited to receive this award because the team places an emphasis on making sure they all have great academic habits that will ensure their success in the classroom,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “North Texas has a great group of people in the academic center that provides our student-athletes the resources needed to achieve their goals and we can't thank them enough.”
A record 752 teams were honored overall, with 146 Division I programs making the AVCA’s list. North Texas was one of eight Conference USA schools to take the academic award, joining Charlotte, Marshall, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTSA and WKU.
Wednesday’s announcement adds to the team’s accomplishments in the classroom as every member of the 2014-15 squad had a year-end GPA of 3.00 or better. As a team, North Texas combined for a GPA of 3.52 in the fall, followed by a 3.74 GPA in the spring semester.
Additionally, NCAA data released in May showed that the volleyball team was among NT’s top programs in the latest APR report - a measurement of academic success over a four-year period.
You can view the full list of AVCA Academic Team honorees here.