Volleyball Honored by AVCA for Academic Excellence in Consecutive Years

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team for the second consecutive year was honored with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award in the 2012-13 season, announced by the organization Wednesday morning.

Volleyball finished the 2012-13 year with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 and was one of just two America East institutions to earn the AVCA academic honor. Additionally, UNH was the only institution to receive the honor and qualify for the America East playoffs. The Wildcats are one of 130 NCAA Division I institutions to be recognized for the award.

Initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, the award 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 or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

The AVCA Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but one, while amassing an overall 300% increase over the span of the last decade.  Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 622.

New Hampshire placed 13 members on the America East Honor Roll for the fall semester, while seven players earned Commissioner's Honor Roll status for completing the semester with a GPA of 3.50 or higher. Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass.), a graduate this past spring, represented the Wildcats on the America East Volleyball All-Academic Team.
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