LEXINGTON, KY – Georgia College and USC Aiken were two of the 1,127 teams that earned the Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The total number of teams honored is a record for the organization.
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.
USC Aiken earns the honor for the sixth time. The 2018 team reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in the program's history en route to a 23-5 overall record while claiming the PBC regular-season championship.
Georgia College reached the championship game of the 2018 PBC Tournament and finished with a 17-13 overall record. The Bobcats placed four players on the All-Academic team, nine on the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and sophomore Libby Bochniak became the first player in GC history to be named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District team.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while more than doubling the total over the last eight academic years. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 1,126.
See the complete AVCA list here.