@UTTyler_Vball earns AVCA Team Academic Award

Monday, July 24, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler volleyball team has earned American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award honors for 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.

“I am extremely proud of the team for achieving this award,” UT Tyler head coach Lyndsay Mashe said. “It just goes to show that they making their academics a priority. The team worked hard to balance their academics, volleyball and personal life. We always encourage them to put their academics first.”

UT Tyler is one of three American Southwest Conference programs to receive the honor along with Hardin-Simmons and UT Dallas. Along with their success in the classroom, the Patriots went 18-9 and were the ASC East Division second seed in the postseason tournament.

The AVCA honored 822 teams with the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2016-2017 season which breaks the previous year's total of 764 to set an all-time high. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams.

The AVCA Team Academic Award, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 532 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 822.

Girls high school led the way with 277 recipients, an increase of 17 over last year. NCAA Division I honored 145 programs, while NCAA Division II notched 119 honorees. Once again, NCAA Division III had the second-most honorees this year with a total of 150 schools, a 10-school increase over last year’s record number.

UT Tyler will open its 2017 season on Sept. 1-2 with four matches in Belton against Hardin-Simmons, UMass Boston, Regis College and Susquehanna College before opening its home schedule by hosting the Patriot Classic on Sept. 8-9 in the Herrington Patriot Center. The Patriots are scheduled to play nine home matches this season, starting on Friday, Sept. 8 against Birmingham Southern and Hendrix College before playing Texas Lutheran and Rhodes College on Saturday, Sept. 9 in non-conference matches.

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