HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University was one of 303 schools
recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as part
of its GamePlan/AVCA Team Academic Award program.
NKU posted a
3.49 cumulative grade point average during the 2006-07 academic
year to earn the AVCA award. The Norse, coached by Carlos Chia,
also notched their 14th consecutive 20-win season last fall by finishing
The award, initiated
in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school
teams that display excellence in the classroom by maintaining at
least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative
team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year.
the award range from NCAA Division I institutions to high school
girls’ and boys’ teams. The college ranks produced 163
programs that met the requirements for the award in 2006-07. In
addition to the record number of NCAA Division I recipients, NCAA
Division III (53) exceeded its previous high mark of 48, set in
2003-04. There were 30 NCAA Division II schools honored, the third
highest total for that division.
The NAIA had
16 of its member schools achieve the honor this year, its fourth-highest
total in the award’s history. Seven schools in the two-year
college category attained the mark, tying the third-highest total
in that division.
is again privileged to present the GamePlan/AVCA Team Academic Award
to these outstanding intuitions,” said Kathy DeBoer, AVCA
executive director. “We congratulate the student-athletes
for their hard work in the classroom and thank our coaches for instilling
this dedication in the young women and men of our sport.