Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 season, the organizing group announced this week. Honored for the third-consecutive year, WCU was among 145 NCAA Division I women’s programs to receive the award.
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 GPA of 3.509 collectively for the 2016-17 academic year. Five individuals were named to the Fall 2016 Academic All-Southern Conference team with 10 landing on the 2016-17 SoCon Academic Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) including three recipients of the Commissioner’s Medal (a 3.8 GPA or higher) in Kaycey Cermin (3.94, Construction Management), Gabby Edmondson (3.91, Criminal Justice), and Abigail Veit (3.93, Management).
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.
Western Carolina opens the 2017 season Aug. 25-26 by hosting the Catamount Volleyball Classic in the Ramsey Center. WCU will entertain Charleston Southern, Towson, and Jacksonville State in the six-match tournament.