Cowgirl Volleyball Earns Spot On AVCA Academic Award List

Aug. 5, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming Women's Volleyball Team was one of 46 Division I Institutions to be named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as a recipient of the 2003-04 AVCA Team Academic Award.

The Cowgirls had an overall grade point average of 3.392 for the 2003-04 Academic Year. Wyoming had a league-high eight members on this year's Mountain West Conference Women's Volleyball All-Academic Team, along with Amy Doman being named First Team Academic All-District VII for the first time in her career. The Cowgirls finished the season with an 15-16 overall record and a 4-10 mark in the Mountain West Conference.

"The student-athletes on the women's volleyball team demonstrate a true dedication to both their classes and their sport," said Academic Coordinator Sarah Kuennan. "Academics have always been their top priority. They earned this honor through the little choices they made everyday to put schoolwork first. We are proud to call them Cowgirls."

It was a record setting year for the award as the AVCA named 304 volleyball programs to the list bettering the previous high of 205 awarded in 2002-03. The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year. Nominating head coaches must be AVCA members.

Recipients of the award range from NCAA Division I institutions to high school girls' and boys' teams. The college ranks produced 161 programs that met the requirements for the award. This year marked the most awards earned in Division II (31), Division III (48) and NAIA (27). Division I women's programs (46) and two-year colleges (7) listed their second-highest award totals, just shy of the 47 and nine respective classification records. An additional highlight is that Stanford University became the first-ever men's collegiate program to earn the honor.

Historically, schools from 49 states and two countries (outside the United States) have won the award. For 2003-04, the award-winning programs represent 43 states, the District of Columbia and Korea.

"The AVCA Team Academic Award captures the true essence of the student-athlete, and the AVCA is honored to recognize these schools for excellence in the classroom," Katherine McConnell, AVCA executive director said. "We are especially pleased to bestow this prestigious award to a record number of teams for the third year in a row."

Each school will receive a plaque, and each player a certificate commemorating the designation. Following is a list of the programs that earned the 2003-04 AVCA Team Academic Award, including the name of the head coach for the 2003 season.