Volleyball a Recipient of AVCA Team Academic Excellence Award

Volleyball a Recipient of AVCA Team Academic Excellence Award

Lexington, KY -- Williams College volleyball head coach Christi Kelsey's Ephs have been recognized as a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2015-2016 season. It is the seventh time in the previous nine years that the Ephs volleyball team has been a recipient of the award and the fourth time under the tenure of coach Kelsey.

The AVCA recognizes Division I, II, and III schools with a team GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale or 4.10 or higher on a 5.0 scale. For the 2015-2016 season the AVCA honored a record 762 teams, up from 757 in 2014-2015. 

The Ephs enjoyed a successful 2015-2016 campaign, amassing a 18-11 overall record, which included appearances in the NESCAC Final and the NCAA Tournament. Williams fell to Bowdoin in the NESCAC Championship match in five sets. In the NCAA Tournament, Williams was defeated by Ithaca in the opening round. The season marked the fourth straight year that the Ephs appeared in the NCAA Tournament.

"Congratulations to the coaches and institutions that won the 2016 AVCA Team Academic Award," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "It is no accident that a volleyball coaches association recognizes academic excellence as a team, rather than an individual, achievement.  Players influence each other, both in execution on the court and discipline in the classroom." 

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 have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 475 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 762.

BREAKDOWN BY CLASSIFICATION

Division                                            Number of recipients  
NCAA Division I Women                          131  
NCAA Division II Women                         119  
NCAA Division III Women                        140  
NAIA Women                                           54  
Two-Year College                                     16  
NCCAA                                                   3  
Collegiate Men                                         11  
High School Girls                                     260 (1 sand)  
High School Boys                                     22  
College Beach                                           6

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