Women's Volleyball Earns Second Straight AVCA Team Academic Award
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Women's Volleyball Earns Second Straight AVCA Team Academic Award

LEBANON, Tenn.– For the second consecutive year, Cumberland women's volleyball was recognized with the Team Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the 2019-20 academic year, the organization announced Monday.

The honor is given to programs with a team grade-point average (GPA) of 3.30 or higher during the school year. Cumberland boasted a 3.40 GPA over the past academic year and had 17 student-athletes make Cumberland's dean's list.

The team accolade caps another strong academic year for the women's volleyball program. In total, 11 Phoenix were named Academic All-Mid-South Conference, including Madison Dinwiddie, Raegan Moeller, and Masa Nalovic who were NAIA Scholar-Athlete selections.

Georgetown College (Ky.), Life University (Ga.), and the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) join the Phoenix as other Mid-South Conference schools to earn the award. Incoming full-time member Bethel University also received the honors playing in the Southern States Athletic Conference last season. There was a total of 66 NAIA Women's programs that earned the Team Academic Award.

The AVCA Team Academic Award was initiated in 1992-93 and honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year. This year, a record 1,315 teams received the award, breaking the record set last year by nearly 200 teams.