Women’s Volleyball Team Earns 5th AVCA Team Academic Award

| August 8, 2013

Webster’s SLIAC champs earned 5th straight AVCA Team Academic Award.

The Webster University women’s volleyball team has been awarded the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 2012 Team Academic Award, marking the fifth straight year the Gorloks have received the award. The team qualified by maintaining a cumulative team grade point average (GPA) of 3.47 for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The Gorloks, who won their 10th St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and made a second straight NCAA III Championships appearance, were one of only 93 NCAA III programs to receive the award in 2012. There are over 400 volleyball programs in the NCAA III.

Initiated by the AVCA in 1992, the Team Academic Award recognizes teams who have “matched their dedication to the sport of volleyball with excellence in the classroom.” To qualify, teams must maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale for the year.

“Excellence doesn’t happen by accident, either on the court or in the classroom,” said AVCA executive director Kathy DeBoer. “It takes consistent preparation, relentless effort and determined leadership. A full year of academic achievement by an entire team of individual students is a remarkable achievement.”

Webster is coached by the SLIAC 2012 Coach of the Year Merry Graf, who will begin her 13th season this fall. Graf was recently named interim athletic director. In addition to Graf’s honor, the Gorloks also had the SLIAC Player of the Year, sophomore Jenny Howard, and six players were SLIAC All-Conference. Sophomore Sam Kersting was named to the AVCA All-American and All-Central Region teams.

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