Lexington, Ky. – The Western Carolina volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 2018-19 Team Academic Award, the organization announced this week. This marks the fifth consecutive season and ninth time overall that the Catamounts have been honored, joining 188 other NCAA Division I schools that claimed the team award this year.

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. 

As a team, the Catamounts compiled a 3.554 GPA for the 2018-19 academic year. Juniors Meagan Sanchez and Abigail Veit, sophomore Caroline Perret and freshmen Sydney Carlson, Merry Gebel, Haley Multerer and Noelle Soldo were each named to the Chancellor’s List in either the fall or spring semester. Perret, Sanchez, Veit and graduated senior Emma Tynan were named to the 2018 Southern Conference Fall All-Academic Team.

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 more than doubling the total over the last eight academic years. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 1,125.

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Western Carolina – All-Time AVCA Team Academic Award Recipients