Ky. - Northern Kentucky University’s volleyball program was
named a recipient of the Game Plan/American Volleyball Coaches Association’s
2004-05 Team Academic Award on Friday.
NKU was one of 26 NCAA
Division II members which received the honor from the AVCA. The
award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors college and
high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by
maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average
on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during
the previous school year.
Recipients of the award
range from NCAA Division I institutions to high school girls’
and boys’ teams. The college ranks produced 148 programs that
met the requirements for the award. NCAA Division I schools earned
the mark at 45 schools and fell two short of the overall record
of 47 Division I schools receiving the distinction in 2001-2002.
NCAA Division II (26) and NCAA Division III (43) charted the second-highest
numbers in program history.
“The Game Plan/AVCA
Team Academic Award embodies the true meaning of the student-athlete
concept, and the AVCA is honored to recognize these schools for
excellence in the classroom,” said Katherine McConnell, AVCA
executive director. “We congratulate the student-athletes,
as well as the coaches and school administrations, for maintaining
balance between academics and athletics.”
NKU, which is coached
by Carlos Chia, also posted a 22-9 record last season and advanced
to the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.