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.