Volleyball Honored by AVCA for Academic Excellence

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team was one of 102 NCAA Division I programs to receive the America Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 season, announced by the organization Friday morning.

The UNH volleyball team finished the 2011-12 year with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and was one of just two America East institutions to earn the AVCA academic honor.

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.

The Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but one, while amassing an overall 200% increase over the span of the last decade.  Since the award's inception in 1993, the award has risen by an astounding 760%. NCAA Division I recorded their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 102 programs while Division III easily surpassed last year's record of 57 winners with 67 this year.  Division III also set a new record with 90 winners and the high school division increased their all-time high of 192 recipients to 220.  Finally, the NCAA men broke new ground landing a record seven schools on this year's AVCA Team Academic Award list.

New Hampshire placed nine members on the America East Honor Roll for the fall semester, while five players earned Commissioner's Honor Roll status for completing the semester with a GPA of 3.50 or higher. Individually, graduating seniors Amy Keding and Lauren Laquerre were both named to the America East All-Academic Team, and Keding was named the volleyball recipient of the scholar-athlete award.

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