Volleyball Earns Fourth Straight AVCA Team Academic Award
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
By Kirk Downs
Volleyball Earns Fourth Straight AVCA Team Academic Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the fourth consecutive year the Lipscomb volleyball program was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) with a Team Academic Award for its success in the classroom for the 2016-17 season.

Boasting a 3.54 GPA, the Bisons were one of 145 Division I women’s teams honored on Monday.

"We are very excited about our recent ACVA Academic Award,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “The standard of excellence was set a long time ago with Lipscomb Volleyball and academics. I am thoroughly impressed with our team's effort to not only retain that standard, but once again push the bar forward. 

“Through the recruiting process we explain to our girls that this experience is so much bigger than just volleyball.  The academic success that this program continues to have is a direct reflection of the unending desire to give their absolute best at everything they are involved with."

Lipscomb was joined by North Florida, USC Upstate and NJIT as the only indoor teams from the ASUN Conference to be honored.

In the classroom, the Bisons were led by two-time ASUN Scholar Athlete of the Year, Kayla Ostrom, who posted a 4.0 while working towards her Masters in Business Administration.

Celebrating its 25th year, the AVCA Team Academic Award honors collegiate and high school squads that maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale. It 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.

The Bisons are set to host the University of Tennessee on August 19 in an exhibition match at Allen Arena before kicking off their much-anticipated 2017 season August 25 against East Tennessee State, while hosting the LUV Invite.

Fans can get their 2017 single-game and season tickets HERE or by calling the Lipscomb Ticket Office at (615) 966-4373.