July 27, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association has recognized Fresno State volleyball as the only Western Athletic Conference volleyball team to earn the academic honor in 2009-10, averaging at least a 3.30 grade point average.
The AVCA announced that 450 teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2009-10 season. This 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.
"Receiving a national team academic award is a wonderful tribute to our hardworking women. It's a sign of their growth since 2008," Fresno State head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. "The AVCA honor shows how serious our student-athletes take their education at Fresno State. Their efforts in becoming champions in every facet of their lives, especially education, is inspiring. The fact that it's a team award makes it very special. Our administrative staff, academic support staff and coaching staff have all been part of this team and a big help in guiding these young women to become winners."
Both NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II recorded their highest-ever total numbers of recipients, with the former honoring 94 programs and the latter honoring 55 programs. There were 119 first-time recipients of the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2009-10, Fresno State being one of those teams.
"We Are Your Team!"The 2010 volleyball season is right around the corner. The Bulldogs open their pre-season play at home with the Fresno State Classic August 27 and 28. The teams joining the tournament will be AVCA nationally ranked No. 18 University of Oregon, Santa Clara, and UC Riverside. Be at the Save Mart Center as they begin their 2010 season.
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