Aug. 4, 2014
DENTON – For the third time in four years, the North Texas volleyball program was honored with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, given nationally to high school and collegiate squads with at least a 3.30 GPA over the previous year.
“I’m really proud of all our players because they made academics an important part of their team culture and expectations,” said North Texas head coach Andrew Palileo. “We recorded a 3.4 team GPA for all of 2013-14, which takes commitment, accountability, sacrifice and hard work. This achievement and recognition will give us some positive momentum heading into fall camp.”
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom. This year, a record 676 programs across the country earned the AVCA Team Academic Award, including 134 Division I schools.
North Texas is one of just seven Division I programs (of 20) in the state of Texas and one of five teams (of 13) in Conference USA to earn the AVCA Team Award.
The Mean Green opens the season at home on Aug. 29-30 with the North Texas Invitational, which pits them against Northwestern State, Mississippi Valley State and Missouri.