LEXINGTON, KY - The Florida Southern College volleyball team has been recognized for its work in the classroom as the American Volleyball Coaches Association named the Moccasins one of 118 NCAA Division II institutions to receive an AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 season.
The 2016-17 award marks the 10th consecutive season the Moccasins have received the award under Coach Jill Stephens.
The Moccasins, who posted a 3.70 grade point average during the 2016 Fall season, are one of six Sunshine State Conference teams to be recognized by the AVCA, joining Barry, Florida Tech, Lynn, Rollins, and Tampa. Seven Moccasins posted a perfect 4.00 GPA during the season, including Melissa Cárdenas, Courtney Charneco, Anna-Sofie Park, Alex Geary, Nicci Joyce, Rachel Mostert, and Amanda Park.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed academic excellence during the past 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 AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has 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 grown from 62 to its current number of 833 program.
Girls high school programs 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 with a total of 150 schools, a 10-school increase over last year's record number.
Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 25-year history, with exactly 8,461 awards been given out in total.