Belles Earn Team Academic Honor

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Saint Mary’s volleyball team was one of 622 teams from high schools, junior colleges, colleges, and universities across the country to earn the Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the 2012-13 academic year.

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 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

The Belles posted a 3.607 cumulative GPA for the 2012-13 academic year as the team joined 93 NCAA Division III institutions on the list of honorees. Last month, the volleyball team picked up MIAA Team GPA Award honors as well.

"We are honored to be recognized by the AVCA with this award," said head coach Toni Elyea. "I am so proud of our very young team and the commitment they have shown not only on the court but to their academic excellence. We're really proud to be part of a conference that values success in the classroom as much as success on the court."

Saint Mary’s was one of seven MIAA members to earn AVCA Team Academic Award honors for the 2012-13 season.

For the full list of 2012-13 AVCA Team Academic Award recipients, click here.