CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina University volleyball program was one of 147 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball programs to earn the 2014-15 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.
A record 754 schools across the country including high school programs earned the achievement. 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 Catamounts were joined on the list by Southern Conference members Chattanooga, ETSU, Furman, Mercer and The Citadel.
As a team, the Catamounts compiled a 3.466 GPA for the 2014-15 academic year while eight of the 14 members of the team earned Dean’s or Chancellor's list at Western Carolina.
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 have increased every single year but one, while amassing a 476 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 754.
The Catamounts open the 2015 season in 29 days as they host the Catamount Volleyball Classic Aug. 28-29 with Georgia State, Murray State and Fresno State all traveling to Cullowhee for a round-robin tournament.