PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Aug. 5, 2014) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced the Rutgers women’s volleyball team as recipients of the AVCA Team Academic Award. It marks the third-consecutive year the Scarlet Knights have earned recognition for their scholastic achievements.
“No question the award symbolizes the dedication and focus that our players and staff strive for. I am really proud that we achieved it and were recognized yet again,” said seventh-year head coach CJ Werneke. “The team has the ability to stay focused on tasks and has the determination to be excellent in all areas. Balancing responsibilities of a true student-athlete and knowing that academics come first is a priority, not only to them, but to our program as well.”
The AVCA Team Academic Award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in classroom during the school year by maintaining a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average. The Scarlet Knights posted a team GPA of 3.49 to achieve the award.
A total of 676 teams across all divisions were recognized for success in academics, setting an all-time high for the award. RU was one of 134 NCAA Division I programs honored, also a record-breaking total.
"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."
The full list of recipients can be found by clicking here.
With the focus to reach excellence in both academics and athletics, Rutgers is set to embark on its first season in the prestigious Big Ten Conference. The season opens on Aug. 29 at the Air Force Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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