LEXINGTON, Ky.— The Cal Lutheran women's volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2017-18 season, which was announced Monday morning. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Regals have been named to the list.
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 (GPA) on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
Cal Lutheran is one of three Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) programs to earn the award. The Regals are joined by Chapman and Pomona-Pitzer.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while amassing a 619-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 973.
This number breaks the previous year's total of 835 to set an all-time high. Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 25-year history, with exactly 8,461 awards been given out in total.
AVCA Release: Team Academic Award
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Release by Ryan Jorgenson, Sports Information Director