BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced this week that 822 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2016-2017 season.
This number breaks the previous year's total of 764 to set an all-time high and one of the teams to garner the award is the Baker University volleyball squad.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
The AVCA Team Academic Award, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored.
Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 532 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 822.
Baker is one of 51 teams from the NAIA to earn the prestigious award. The Wildcats will open up the 2017 season on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. at Concordia-Nebraska. You may view the entire 2017 schedule, by clicking here.
To view the entire list of AVCA Team Academic Award winners, please click here.