Women's volleyball receives national recognition for academics
Athletics - posted on 8/1/2008
The Lakeland College women's volleyball team was one of 62 NCAA Division III women's volleyball teams honored earlier this week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for academic excellence.
The Muskies, who posted a perfect 12-0 conference record on their way to a Northern Athletic Conference title and a conference tournament championship, were also among the NAC's elite in the classroom. Only two other conference teams - Edgewood College and Concordia University Wisconsin - received this impressive acknowledgment.
"Getting this award is included in our team goals every year," head coach Chad Schreiber said. "We've received this honor in more than half of my years coaching here. Our academic philosophy is positive peer pressure, so the girls really work hard to keep each other motivated."
A record-setting 353 collegiate and high school volleyball teams earned AVCA Team Academic Award accolades for the 2007-08 season. The new mark shattered the previous record of 308 teams honored following the 2006-07 academic year.
To receive the award, teams must maintain 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.
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