Yale Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

The Yale huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Honored For Work In Classroom

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Over the last three years, the Yale volleyball team has compiled a very impressive 58-20 (.744) overall record. The Bulldogs have been just as successful in the classroom. On Tuesday, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced that Yale is among the recipients of the 2009-10 AVCA Team Academic Award. It is the third straight year the Bulldogs have been honored.

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. In 2009-10, 94 Division I schools were recognized and 450 teams overall were recognized.

"There is no better way to gauge the success of a sport than to track the accomplishments of the people who participate," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Each of these 450 teams represents 12 to 15 really smart kids. What a great day for the sport of volleyball!"

Yale finished with a 21-4 overall record last fall and was second in the Ivy League with an 11-3 mark.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity