MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the fourth straight year, the West Virginia University volleyball team was named as a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2019-20 season.
The Mountaineers were one of 227 Division I programs honored, with 1,313 high school and collegiate teams earning the accolade. This number breaks the previous year’s record by almost 200 teams.
In all three NCAA Women’s Divisions, more than 50% of the membership won the award, led by 68% in DI, 57% in DII and 53% in DIII.
Several individuals have accrued academic awards for WVU this season. Ten Mountaineers were named to the 2019 All-Big 12 Volleyball Academic Team, a team record to top the previous season-best showing of eight, set in 2018. All but one of the honorees landed on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, also a program-best showing.
Of the Mountaineers honored, junior middle blocker Katie DeMeo and sophomore setter Lacey Zerwas claimed the first-team recognition with a 4.00-grade point average (GPA). The duo was two of eight from the conference to boast a 4.00 GPA. DeMeo was named to the first team for the second time, while Zerwas received her first career honor.
The award, which was initiated 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 GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the award’s inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 66 to its curr
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