Liberty volleyball team earns AVCA Team Academic Award distinction
For the 10th year in a row, the Lady Flames have earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.
This is the third year in a row and third time in program history that the Lady Flames have received AVCA Team Academic Award Honor Roll distinction. This distinction went to the 46 teams with the top GPA’s in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball. Liberty and North Alabama were the only two ASUN programs to receive Honor Roll mention. The Lady Flames join LIU Brooklyn and UNCW as the only three Division I women’s teams to be named to the Honor Roll each of the last three years.
“Academics plays a huge role in the success of our program!” coach Trevor Johnson said. “We want to make sure that our athletes are being well taken care of academically, socially, spiritually, and athletically. They are students first and athletes second, and they have done a tremendous job of trying to be the best versions of themselves not only on the court, but more importantly in the classroom as well.”
A record total of 1,313 teams across the United States earned the award for the 2019-20 academic year, breaking the previous record of 1,125, set in 2018-19. The honor went to teams at the high school and collegiate (indoor and sand) levels. The total number of schools recognized has increased every year since 2004-05, when 276 institutions received the award.
The AVCA Team Academic Award debuted in 1993, and honors volleyball programs that maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 grade-point average on a 5.0 scale.
The Lady Flames were one of 227 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball programs to receive the 2019-20 AVCA Team Academic Award.
Liberty has been honored with the Team Academic Award for the 10th year in a row, and the 11th time in program history. The Lady Flames also made the listing for the 2001-02 academic campaign.