LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Heidelberg University volleyball team was named a recipient of the AVCA Team Academic Award for 2014-15, as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The Berg was one of 754 teams to earn this distinction, which set a new record for the AVCA for teams award. Out of the 433 schools that participate in volleyball at the NCAA Division III level, 140 earned this award.
The award, which was started in the 1992-93 season, is given to teams that maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or better.
"A hearty congratulations to all the volleyball coaches whose teams won the AVCA Team Academic Award," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Teams do not succeed in the classroom by accident any more so than they do on the court. The same coach who taught them volleyball skills cared enough about their academic achievement to gather their grades, calculate their GPA, and submit a nomination on their behalf. In doing so, these coaches sent a clear message that classroom success is just as important as volleyball success. All involved should celebrate this award!"
Heidelberg finished the 2014 season with a 19-12 record, finishing in a tie for second place in the OAC regular-season standing with a 7-2 mark. The Student Princes had seven Academic All-OAC honorees for the season.