Ashlie Williams

Women's Volleyball

Volleyball Earns Fifth-Consecutive AVCA Team Academic Award

Aug. 3, 2015

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team was one of a record 755 schools to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 season. The 755 schools recognized breaks the previous year's total of 676 and sets a new all-time high for this award.

Georgetown posted a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.472 under the direction of Head Coach Arlisa Williams. It is the fifth-consecutive year the Hoyas have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award, and sixth time under Williams.

"I am extremely proud of our team for achieving such high academic success," Williams said. "They truly define student-athlete, putting in the work in the classroom and on the court."

The AVCA Team Academic Award, which was initiated during 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 on a 5.0 scale.

The 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 2000-01 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but one, while amassing a 476 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 755.

Last week, the Hoyas had 12 members from last season's squad named to the 2014-15 BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Georgetown led the entire BIG EAST with 286 student-athletes selected.

The Blue & Gray will open the 2015 season on Friday, August 28 against George Mason in the D.C. Challenge. GU will play its first home match of the season in McDonough Arena on Wednesday, September 16 against George Washington.

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