Volleyball Receives AVCA Team Academic Award For Third Consecutive Season
LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the third year in a row, the Swarthmore College volleyball program has been recognized with an American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Team Award, the organization announced last week.
The AVCA Team Academic Award honors volleyball teams at the high school and college level that are successful in the classroom. Nominees include high school or college teams that have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 (on a 4.00 scale) or 4.10 (on a 5.00 scale) during the full academic year (both semesters or all quarters), and include all varsity athletes who competed in volleyball with the institution for any portion of the academic year. For the 2011-12 season, over 533 institutions have been honored with this award, a new high for the organization.
The honor marks the sixth time during head coach Harleigh Chwastyk's tenure that the program has earned the honor.
In total, 535 teams earned the Academic Team Award. Swarthmore is one of five Centennial Conference programs to receive the award, joined by Muhlenberg, Bryn Mawr, Franklin & Marshall, and Johns Hopkins. Last season, the Garnet finished 24-8, reaching the Centennial Conference playoffs and the ECAC South Region semifinals.
The Garnet open the 2012 season against Frostburg State at the Haverford Invitational on Saturday, September 1.