Cowgirl Volleyball Earns Spot on AVCA Academic Award List

Aug. 18, 2006


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The University of Wyoming Women's Volleyball Team was one of 54 Division I institutions to be named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as a recipient of the 2005-06 Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award. It's the second time in the last three years that the Cowgirls have been named to the list, as they earned the honor for the 2003-04 season.

The Cowgirls had an overall grade point average of 3.392 for the 2005-06 Academic Year, and had six members on this year's Mountain West Conference Women's Volleyball All-Academic Team. The Cowgirls finished the season with a 12-16 overall record and a 7-9 mark in the Mountain West Conference.

"I think the AVCA award is a great honor for the young ladies on our team that work so hard, both in the classroom and on the court," said head coach Pat Stangle.

The 287 schools receiving the honor eclipses last season's mark of 276 for the second most in the 14-year history of the program; the 2003-04 season produced the record when 305 schools achieved the award. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I set a single-season record for number of collegiate schools at any division receiving the award with 54 in 05-06.

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. Each school will receive a plaque, and each player a certificate commemorating the designation.

Recipients of the award range from NCAA Division I institutions to high school girls' and boys' teams. The college ranks produced 155 programs that met the requirements for the award in 2005-2006. To go along with the record number of NCAA Division I recipients, NCAA Division II (31) tied its highest division mark set in 2003-2004 and NCAA Division III (44) set its second highest division total (48 in 2003-2004).

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) had 21 of its members achieve the honor this year, while four (4) schools in the two-year college category attained the mark. The NCAA men's programs produced their third all-time recipient of the award. A total of 132 high school boys and girls programs earned the award in 2005-2006.

"The Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award is what being a student-athlete is all about. The AVCA is privileged to once again be able to award these schools for their excellence in the classroom," AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer said. "We congratulate the student-athletes, coaches and school personnel for achieving this honor and upholding the delicate balance between academics and athletics."

Each school will receive a plaque, and each player a certificate commemorating the designation. Following is a list of the programs that earned the 2005-06 AVCA Team Academic Award, including the name of the head coach for the 2005 season.