Bulldogs Earn Academic Honor from AVCA

Aug. 1, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale volleyball team has been honored for its academic performance in 2007-08 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The Bulldogs were one of 70 Division I programs to receive the AVCA's Team Academic Award. Columbia was the only other Ivy League school to earn the honor.

The award, which was initiated in 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 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. A record 353 teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2007-2008 season, topping the mark of 308 set a year ago. That included 70 Division I schools, also a record.

The award adds to an impressive list of academic accomplishments for the 2007-08 Bulldogs. The volleyball team was one of 28 Yale programs -- more than any other school in the country -- to receive the NCAA's Public Recognition Award for high Academic Progress Rate scores earlier this year. The Bulldogs also had an Academic All-Ivy League selection in Kali Nelson '08.

Yale opens the 2008 season against Boston College in the Yale Invitational on Sept. 12.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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