JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – The Arkansas State volleyball squad was honored with a Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) per an announcement by the organization Wednesday.
The Red Wolves were one of 146 Division I women’s volleyball programs to earn the accolade and just one of five Sun Belt Conference schools to be honored. The AVCA team academic award honors collegiate 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. All in all, a record 752 schools received the award.
“This is a huge honor for our program and goes to show the time and effort our team puts into academics,” A-State volleyball head coach David Rehr said. “It’s always great to get honored for academic efforts and this is a team award so that makes it even more special for me as a coach.”
The Red Wolves were recently recognized by the SBC after registering a 3.57 GPA, which was the second-highest in the conference in volleyball. The A-State volleyball squad was one of 12 Red Wolves’ athletic programs to obtain a GPA of 3.0 or higher on the year.
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 2000-2001 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.
Arkansas State opens the 2015 season Friday, Aug. 28 at the Redhawks Invitational in Cape Girardeau, Mo. A-State will take on SEMO at noon before playing UMKC later in the day at 4:30 p.m.