July 21, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. –
|AVCA ACADEMIC AWARD TEAMS from the...
AVCA Top 25
2. University of California - Berkeley
5. Stanford University
15. University of Dayton
18. Duke University
25. Iowa State University
19. The Ohio State University
24. University of Tennessee
Atlantic 10 Conference
University of Dayton
|Years Dayton has earned the AVCA Team Academic Award:
University of Dayton volleyball earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the fourth consecutive year, as announced by the AVCA on Thursday. The 15th-ranked Flyers are one of just three top 15 teams to earn the award, which is given to teams that have maintained at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average during the academic year.
“This is a big thing for us,” Head Coach Kelly Sheffield said. “It is a goal we set for our team every year and we have accomplished that four consecutive years. That’s one of the things we sell a lot – we are going to work really hard on the court and in the weight room, and we are going to work really hard and be leaders in the classroom and the community.”
It is the fifth time in program history that Dayton has received the award, and third time as a ranked team. Dayton earned a cumulative team GPA of 3.45 during the in 2010-11 academic year.
Dayton is one of seven top 25 teams to be given the award this season – a list which also includes Cal, Stanford, Duke, Iowa State, Ohio State and Tennessee. Dayton and Fordham are the only two teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference to earn the award.
The total of 481 teams (92 NCAA Division I Women) that earned the AVCA Team Academic Award this season set a new all-time high for the award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year.
The Flyers ended the 2010 season with a 28-4 record, ranked No. 15 in the AVCA Top 25 and – with back-to-back Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles – will bring a 24-match conference winning streak into the 2011 season. Five newcomers will help kickoff the new campaign this fall which begins on Aug. 26 against North Dakota in the Green Bay Classic.
About the AVCA
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to develop and grow the sport of volleyball; with a membership of over 5,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and developing the sport. Members are comprised of national and international coaches, collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as club directors. Other members include former players, officials, media members and other friends of volleyball. As a group, the AVCA is committed to the development, growth, advancement and publicity of volleyball throughout the world. Further information is available at www.avca.org