TU Volleyball receives AVCA Team Academic award recognition for 2016-17 season


The University of Tulsa volleyball team was recognized with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 season, it was announced today by the AVCA.

Tulsa is one of 145 NCAA Division I volleyball programs to receive the award, while a total of 822 collegiate and high school volleyball teams were honored.

The Golden Hurricane volleyball team had a team grade-point average of 3.47 for the semester and has a cumulative 3.28 GPA. Tulsa finished the 2016 fall campaign with an overall 19-13 record.

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 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, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 532 team 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 822.

Tulsa opens the 2017 season at the Mean Green Classic in Denton, Texas, against host North Texas on August 25, at 6:30 p.m. Tulsa’s first home match is Sept. 22, at 7:00 p.m. as the Golden Hurricane opens American Athletic Conference play against the Houston Cougars at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

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