By: Charlotte Brackett
HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Award, as announced by the league office this week. The Big Green have received the award seven of the last eight seasons and for the last three in a row.
A record 1,126 teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2018-19 season, breaking the previous year’s total of 977 to set an all-time high.
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.
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.
There were a total of 189 Division I programs on the list. Seven out of the eight Ivy League programs earned the award.