For the third consecutive year, Saint Louis University volleyball has been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) with the AVCA Team Academic Award.

The award recognizes 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. This past academic year, the Billikens volleyball team had a cumulative 3.45 GPA.

“Our team is honored to receive the AVCA Team Academic Award,” head coach Kent Miller said. “We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of student athletes who strive to be their best on the court and in the classroom. Their discipline and dedication are second to none.”

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.

“I would also like to recognize our academic services staff, particularly Heather Freehill and Roy Tripett, who provide so much support to all of our student athletes,” Miller said.

The full release from the AVCA can be found here.