Bulldogs Pick Up Fifth Straight AVCA Team Academic Award
    Last fall, 12 members of the 13-person Bulldog roster sported +3.0 GPA's and earned Academic All-MW acclaim.
    Last fall, 12 members of the 13-person Bulldog roster sported +3.0 GPA's and earned Academic All-MW acclaim.
    Aug. 5, 2014

    By Geoff Thurner
    gthurner@csufresno.edu
    GoBulldogs.com

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - After another impressive season in the classroom, the Fresno State volleyball team was honored with its fifth straight American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic award.

    The only one of the Mountain West's 11 teams spotted in Tuesday's annual announcement by the AVCA, the Bulldogs were again selected after they maintained a 3.30 minimum cumulative team grade point average combined for the fall and spring academic terms.

    "We are blessed to have some really strong students in our program," said seventh-year head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. "They're hard workers who apply themselves and take care of business in the classroom. But what I'm most proud of are the student-athletes who have struggled academically and really picked up their effort this year to improve their quality of learning and our hard-working, winning culture. This was a great team effort as usual from a committed staff in our student-services department and a caring, smart coaching staff who takes pride in their jobs as mentors. Well done, Fresno State and well done Bulldogs!"

    The Bulldogs were one of five Division I programs honored from the state of California - joining Pacific, St. Mary's, San Francisco and UC Irvine - and one of 109 NCAA Division I programs honored nationally.

    "Too often athletic participation is associated with academic underachievement and this stereotype is simply false when it comes to volleyball," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Couple the smarts represented by these teams with the competitive experience and team-focused training gained on the court and we have a potent formula for future leadership! What a significant contribution that is by their coaches and schools."

    Tuesday's honor added to an already impressive list of Bulldog volleyball academic accolades from the 2013-14 campaign.

     

     

    Individually, then-senior outside hitter Marissa Brand picked up her third straight Capital One Academic All-District 8 honor after similar honors in 2011 and '12.

    The 'Dogs led the league in individual Academic All-MW accolades (12), and eligible student-athletes must have maintained a 3.0 minimum GPA in the fall, and have competed in 50 percent of the team's varsity contests.

    Bulldogs that received Academic All-MW acclaim last fall included Brand and fellow seniors Lauren Albertson, Korrin Wild and Holly Franks, juniors Christina Lee, Jaimee-Lee Morrow, Maci Murdock and Katie Pearson, sophomores Zana Bowens and Molly Pearson, and freshmen Maggie Eppright and Brooke Legaux.

    Five of those Bulldogs also received MW Scholar-Athlete acclaim after sporting +3.50 GPA's for the academic year - Albertson, Brand, Lee, and both Pearsons.

    Team-wise on the court, the 'Dogs combined on a 17-15 mark in 2013, and their fourth-place MW finish was three spots better than their preseason coaches poll pick. Factoring in their 18-13 mark in 2012, the `Dogs enjoyed their first back to back winning seasons since 2003 and `04 (21-7, 15-13) and a hat trick of top-four league finishes for the first time since 2001-04.

    Looking ahead to this week, the Bulldogs look ahead to their first practice of the fall campaign this Saturday, August 9.

    The Bulldogs then point towards a 34-match slate with 11 home dates in the Save Mart Center, including early season exhibitions against an Alumni Squad on Saturday, August 23, and Fresno Pacific on Tuesday, September 23.

    The season officially starts with the Rice Invitational (August 29-30) in Houston, Texas. The `Dogs then have three more away early-season tournaments - the Sacramento State Invitational (September 5-6), St. John's Kissler Classic (Sept. 12-13) and CSU Bakersfield Tournament (Sept. 19-20).

    "Be Bold!" - Fresno State volleyball and football season tickets are on sale at the www.GoBulldogs.com website and at the Bulldog Ticket Office.


    2013-2014 AVCA Team Academic Award Recipients
    Abilene Christian
    Akron
    Alabama
    Alabama-Birmingham
    American
    Appalachian State
    Arizona State
    Arkansas-Little Rock
    Auburn
    Austin Peay State
    Ball State
    Baylor
    Bethune-Cookman
    Bowling Green State
    Bradley
    Brown
    Bryant
    Bucknell
    Buffalo
    Butler
    Canisius College
    Central Conn. State
    Central Florida
    Central Michigan
    Chicago State
    The Citadel
    College of Charleston
    College of the Holy Cross
    Dartmouth College
    Denver
    DePaul
    Duke
    Duquesne
    East Tennessee State
    Eastern Kentucky
    Eastern Michigan
    Eastern Washington
    Evansville
    Fordham
    Fresno State
    Furman
    Gardner-Webb
    Georgetown
    Georgia Southern
    Hampton
    Hartford
    Harvard
    Hofstra
    Idaho
    Illinois
    Illinois State
    IPFW
    IUPUI
    Indiana State
    Iona
    Iowa
    Jacksonville State
    Jacksonville
    Kansas
    Kansas State
    Kennesaw State
    Kent State
    Lehigh
    Liberty
    Lipscomb
    LIU Brooklyn
    Louisiana
    Louisiana-Monroe
    Louisville
    Loyola Maryland
    Loyola-Chicago
    Manhattan
    Marist
    Marquette
    Marshall
    McNeese State
    Memphis
    Mercer
    Miami (OH)
    Missouri
    Missouri State
    Montana
    Morehead State
    Nebraska-Omaha
    New Hampshire
    Niagara
    North Dakota
    North Dakota State
    North Texas
    Northeastern
    Northern Colorado
    Northern Illinois
    Northern Iowa
    Northern Kentucky
    Northwestern State
    Oakland
    Ohio
    Oral Roberts
    Oregon State
    Pacific
    Radford
    Rhode Island
    Rice
    Rutgers
    Saint Mary's (CA)
    Sam Houston State
    San Francisco
    Seattle
    South Carolina
    South Carolina Upstate
    Southeast Missouri State
    Southern Illinois
    Southern Methodist
    Southern Utah
    St. John's
    Stetson
    Stony Brook
    Temple
    Tennessee-Chattanooga
    Tennessee Tech
    Texas Tech
    Toledo
    UC Irvine
    UT Martin
    Utah Valley
    UTSA
    Valparaiso
    Villanova
    Western Kentucky
    Western Michigan
    Wichita State
    Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Yale
    Youngstown State

    College Sand Teams
    Warner
    Georgia State
    Mercer
    Stetson
    Nebraska
    Central Community College

    *Complete list at http://www.avca.org/awards/team-academic-award/13-14-recipients/

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