AVCA Team Academic Award
STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford's men's, women's and beach volleyball teams were recognized by the United States Marine Corp (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) today as recipients of the AVCA Team Academic Award.
The women's indoor team boasted a 3.841 team GPA for the 2019-20 academic year – the highest among all Stanford programs. All 17 players carried a 3.30 or higher with five student-athletes turning in a 4.00 or higher. The beach team registered a 3.760 team GPA as all 15 student-athletes earned a 3.50 or higher, while the men's team posted a 3.574 with 12 of its 15 student-athletes recording a 3.30 or better.
It marks the sixth consecutive season the women's indoor team has earned the AVCA Team Academic Award, and the 14th overall. The women's indoor team is one of eight Pac-12 schools to earn the team award and the only one to achieve honor roll status (top-46 team GPA in the nation).
It is also the sixth straight season the beach team has received the AVCA Team Academic Award. The beach squad is one of just four Pac-12 teams to be recognized and joins Arizona as honor roll members (top-15 team GPA in the nation).
The men's team has earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the first time since 2017 and for the ninth time in program history. The Cardinal is the only MPSF squad to earn the award in 2019-20 and also achieved honor roll status (top-7 team GPA in the nation).
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.
In terms of USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award winners by subgroup, 68 percent of DI women's teams earned the team award. In the emerging sport of beach volleyball, 49 percent of teams won the award and 38 schools in collegiate men's volleyball were honored – doubling the number from the previous year.
Full list of 2019-20 AVCA Team Academic Award recipients here.