AVCA and Molten USA, Inc. Honor Academic Excellence

Aug. 1, 2002

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association and Molten U.S.A., Inc. has named a record-number 177 volleyball programs the recipients of the 2001-02 AVCA/Molten Team Academic Award. Molten, U.S.A. has sponsored the award for three years.

The previous best was 149 awards presented in 1998-99. The award honors college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year. Nominating coaches must be AVCA members.

Recipients of the award range from NCAA Division I institutions to high school girls' and boys' teams. The college ranks produced 120 schools that met the requirements for the award. The breakdown of college representation includes 47 NCAA Division I schools, 20 NCAA Division IIschools, 32 NCAA Division III schools, 12 NAIA schools and nine junior college/community colleges. A total of 57 high school programs earned the distinction, including Indiana high schools Cathedral and Southport placing both girls' and boys' squads on the award list.

'The AVCA/Molten Team Academic Award epitomizes the ideal of the student-athlete, and the AVCA is incredibly honored to recognize these schools for their excellence in the classroom,' Katherine McConnell, AVCA Executive Director said. 'We are especially pleased to bestow this prestigious award to a record number of teams this year. The discipline, teamwork and commitment embodied by both the AVCA coaches and the student-athletes are a shining example to us all.'

Some of this year's award recipients achieved success on the court, as well as in the classroom. A total of 27 teams that earned the AVCA/Molten Team Academic Award also earned a berth in their respective collegiate post-season tournaments. Further, the University of Nebraska andStanford University were among the final four teams in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. Division II Truman State University, Division III College of Mount St. Joseph and NAIA College of Saint Mary (Nebraska) advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective nationaltournaments, while Utah Valley State College placed sixth in the NJCAA Division I Championship.

'We are proud to be associated with this award that recognizes the importance that teamwork plays both on and off of the volleyball court,' Craig Barker, Molten USA president, said.

NCAA DivisionI

The University of Alabama Ala. 3.58
American University D.C. 3.42
Appalachian State University N.C. 3.34
Austin Peay State University Tenn. 3.46
Belmont University Tenn. 3.69
Birmingham-Southern College Ala. 3.39
Bowling Green State University Ohio 3.47
College of Charleston S.C. 3.31
University of Denver Colo. 3.38
Duquesne University Pa. 3.58
Eastern Washington University Wash. 3.57
Hofstra University N.Y. 3.31
Howard University D.C. 3.32
Idaho State University Idaho 3.30
Indiana State University Ind. 3.41
Indiana University Ind. 3.42
Kansas State University Kan. 3.59
Kent State University Ohio 3.38
Liberty University Va. 3.64
Long Island University N.Y. 3.39
Louisiana State University La. 3.44
Loyola University Chicago Ill. 3.42
Michigan State University Mich. 3.30
Mississippi State University Miss. 3.35
UMKC Mo. 3.32
Montana State University Mont. 3.51
Morehead State University Ky. 3.39
University of Nebraska Neb. 3.35
University of Notre Dame Ind. 3.33
Robert Morris University Pa. 3.38
Saint Louis University Mo. 3.39
SMU Texas 3.39
Southeast Missouri State University Mo. 3.42
Stanford University Calif. 3.55
Stephen F. Austin State University Texas 3.47
Syracuse University N.Y. 3.43
University of Tennessee at Martin Tenn. 3.51
Tennessee Technological University Tenn. 3.34
University of Toledo Ohio 3.37
Towson University Md. 3.36
The University of Tulsa Okla. 3.31
Weber State University Utah 3.34
Western Carolina University N.C. 3.44
Western Kentucky University Ky. 3.56
Winthrop University S.C. 3.50
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Wis. 3.45
Wright State University Ohio 3.33

courtesy of AVCA

In addition, Volleyball Magazine has released its 2002 Preseason Collegiate Poll. The Stanford Cardinal have been tabbed No. 1 in the poll. Four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25 - all in the top 13 nationally. Stanford and USC (No. 3) are ranked in the top 5. The Cardinal open the 2002 season at the 2002 State Farm Women's Volleyball Classic which will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Stanford will face Northern Iowa in their opening match on Friday.

Volleyball Magazine PollPreseason (7/1/02) * No. 1

No. School 2001 Record1. Stanford 33-22. Hawaii 29-53. USC 25-44. Nebraska 31-25. Florida 28-26. Pepperdine 23-47. Long Beach State 33-18. Arizona 25-59. Pacific 28-810. Ohio State 27-411. Utah 23-812. Wisconsin 27-413. UCLA 21-914. Northern Iowa 31-215. UC Santa Barbara 17-1416. Michigan State 21-817. Penn State 22-818. Illinois 21-919. Notre Dame 22-720. Colorado 19-11

Others: BYU, Santa Clara, Baylor, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado State, San Jose State, Washington State, Minnesota, California, Cal Poly, Kansas State

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