LEXINGTON, Ky.- The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that the College of Saint Elizabeth was one of the 623 teams that have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2012-2013 season. The Screaming Eagles finished with a 3.46 overall GPA.
Saint Elizabeth was the only Division III institution in the state of New Jersey to receive this honor and the second school in three years in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. In addition, Division III set a new record with 93 winners and the high school division increased their all-time high of 220 recipients to 253.
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 or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The AVCA Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but one, while amassing an overall 300% 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 623.