LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Barton College men's and women's volleyball squads have earned 2018-19 AVCA Team Academic Award honors. AVCA is the American Volleyball Coaches Association. A total of 1,126 teams have garnered the award this year, breaking last year's mark of 977 schools (then an all-time high).
The Bulldogs' women's squad – which put six players on the 2018 Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team – earned the honor for the fourth straight year.
Meanwhile, the Barton men's volleyball team garnered the honor for the second time in school history and are coming off its best season in the program's eight-year run. The Bulldogs went 25-5 on the year including a 14-2 mark in league play while winning both the Conference Carolinas Regular Season and Tournament Championships. Barton also hosted an NCAA playoff match for the first time ever. Four Bulldogs were named to the league's all-academic team as well.
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 4.01 cumulative GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-01 season, the number of recipients has increased every year but two while more than doubling the total over the last eight academic years. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 1,126.