LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Rice University volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for a ninth consecutive season, the organization announced on Monday (7/24/17).
Rice was one of 822 teams that earned the academic award, breaking the previous year’s total of 764 to set an all-time high. Last season the Owls placed all 16 student-athletes on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll while graduating senior Leah Mikesky earned CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors.
The AVCA Team Academic Award was established in the 1992-93 academic year and honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom. Teams must maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative GPA on a 5.0 scale.
Rice was one of 25 NCAA Division I teams to make the AVCA Team Academic Honor Roll and was also recognized for reaching their Dig Pink fundraising goals through the Side-Out Foundation.
The Owls have received the AVCA Team Academic Award every year since the 2008-09 academic year.
Rice opens the 2017 season on Aug. 25 when they travel to Dallas to partake in the SMU Doubletree Invitational.