LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming women's volleyball team was one of 146 Division I Institutions to be named as a recipient of the 2014-15 AVCA Team Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. It's the seventh year in a row that it has received the honor.
The Cowgirls had an overall grade-point average of 3.4490 for the 2014-15 academic year. Wyoming had ten members on this year's Mountain West All-Academic Volleyball Team and six MW Scholar-Athletes. UW finished the season with a 23-8 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the Mountain West.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that 752 teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 season. The number once again breaks the previous years' total of 676 and sets a new all-time high for 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.
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 2000-01 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 752. NCAA Division I recorded their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 146 programs while NCAA Division II also set a new record by reaching a total of 113 honorees. NCAA Division III continues to set new records after 140 schools take home the honor with the Two-Year College category also surpassing their previous high of 22 with 24.
Prior to 2014-15, only 22 teams had attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in both earning the AVCA Team Academic Award and winning their respective collegiate national championship in the same academic year. This year, the AVCA is proud to recognize four programs that excelled in the classroom and on the court: University of Tampa (NCAA Division II), Hope College (NCAA Division III), Irvine Valley College (CCCAA) and the Stevens Institute of Technology (NCAA DIII Mens).
Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 23-year history, with exactly 6,878 awards been given out in total.