PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team was one of a record 1,127 teams to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2018-19 season.
The award, which was established 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 4.00 scale, or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.00 scale.
The team easily topped that mark, combining for better than a 3.50. Plymouth State was the lone Little East Conference (LEC) program to earn the recognition.
"We strive for excellence in both academics and athletics and we are proud to receive this prestigious award," said head coach Joan Forge.
The 1,127 teams breaks the previous year's total of 977 to set an all-time record. Since the 2000-01 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, the number of award winners has increased from 62 to its current 1,127.
The Panthers rallied for a thrilling 3-2 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the regular season finale to earn a 23rd straight trip to the LEC Tournament, though PSU fell to rival Keene State in straight sets in the first round.