Women's Volleyball Earns Third Straight AVCA Team Academic Award
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Women's Volleyball Earns Third Straight AVCA Team Academic Award

LEBANON, Tenn.– For the third consecutive year, Cumberland women's volleyball was recognized with the Team Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the 2020-21 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 3.38 GPA over the past academic year. 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 Nicole Carey, Jovana Cernjanski, Madison Dinwiddie, Sadie Edmonston, and Shea Moore who will be named NAIA Scholar-Athlete selections.

University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) join the Phoenix as the only other Mid-South Conference school to earn the award. . There was a total of 71 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 total of 1,275 teams received the award.