Four BIG EAST Schools Earn AVCA Team Academic Honors

LEXINGTON, Ky.- Four BIG EAST volleyball teams, including De Paul, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Syracuse were recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Wednesday for their academic excellence, as each received the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2009-2010 season by achieving a team cumulative grade-point average of above a 3.30.

The AVCA Team Academic Award has been in place since 1992-1993 and honors high school and college teams that are successful in the classroom. Teams must maintain 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.  This year, a record 450 teams across all collegiate and high school divisions, topping the previous mark of 409 set last year. Division I women's teams had the highest percentage of members earn the distinction, with 34% of all teams (94 total) being honored.

The 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. The program has increased by over 300% in the last 10 years and by 79% in the past three years alone.

For a full list of schools, please visit the AVCA website below: http://www.avca.org/awards/team-academic-award/09-10-recipients/#DIW