USC Beach Volleyball Receives USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The USC beach volleyball team was among a record 46 collegiate squads chosen for the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2020-21 season announced on Tuesday, July 20.
The United State Marine Corps (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honored 1,275 collegiate and high school teams this spring. The team award was first initiated in the 1992-93 academic year and honors volleyball teams that maintain a year-long grade-point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale or 4.10 on a 5.0 scale.
The Women of Troy were among eight 2020-21 national champion teams or AVCA tournament winners that also excelled in the classroom to earn this award. The 46 collegiate beach teams honored were a record high in the category.
The USC beach volleyball team captured the program's fourth national championship (third NCAA crown) with a win over crosstown rival UCLA in the NCAA Championship dual. Under second-year head coach Dain Blanton, USC went 30-4 and had winning streaks of 13 and 12 matches during the season. The Trojans finished as the Pac-12 runner-up and produced the league's Pair of the Year in Tina Graudina and Megan Kraft. Graudina was also named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Kraft was the conference's Freshman of the Year. Both were named first-team AVCA All-Americans and were joined on the first team by Julia Scoles and Sammy Slater.
For more information on the USC beach volleyball team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit USCTrojans.com/beach. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCBeach.