Bulldogs Receive AVCA Team Academic Award

Bulldogs Receive AVCA Team Academic Award

Ivy League Champions Honored For Academic Excellence

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With the 2009 volleyball season fast approaching, the Yale volleyball team continues to add to its list of achievements from the 2008 Ivy League Championship campaign. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced that the Bulldogs are among the recipients of the AVCA Team Academic Award.

Since 1993, the AVCA Team Academic Award has been presented to collegiate and high school volleyball teams that have displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average.

On the court, the 2008 Bulldogs posted a record of 21-6, won the Ivy League Championship outright with a 13-1 league mark and went on to defeat Ohio in an NCAA Championship First Round match. Already the only Ivy League volleyball program to win an NCAA Championship match (Albany, 2004), the win over Ohio also made Yale the first squad to do so away from its home court. This year’s squad returns three All-Ivy players, including unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year Cat Dailey and three-time first team selection Alexis Crusey. The 2009 season begins on Sept. 4 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven as Colorado, Fairfield and Georgetown visit New Haven for the Yale Invitational.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity