News Release, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2018-19 season, the organization announced today. The AVCA announced that 1,125 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award, breaking the previous year’s total of 977 to set an all-time high.
“It’s truly an honor to get to coach these young ladies,” said head volleyball coach, Kelly Martin. “The drive they show on the court and in the classroom is amazing and they understand the work it takes to excel as a student-athlete. I am so proud of them for performing at such a strong academic level this past year.”
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.
In addition to being recognized for their academic accomplishments, the Seahawk volleyball team was honored for reaching their “Dig Pink” fundraising goal through the Side-Out Foundation. “Dig Pink” is a nationwide movement to provide meaningful and impactful experiences for athletes while inspiring and empowering them to come together in support of the stage IV breast cancer community. Each year, hundreds of teams across the country participate in the “Dig Pink” rally.
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