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Volleyball Earns Fifth Straight AVCA Team Academic Award
Monday, July 16, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Volleyball Earns Fifth Straight AVCA Team Academic Award

LEXINGTON, Ky.For the fifth 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 2017-18 season.

Carrying a combined 3.41 GPA, the Bisons were one of 164 Division I women’s programs honored on Monday.

“The AVCA Academic honor is something our program has received consistently and that’s a credit to how hard they work in the classroom,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “They strive to do their best semester in and semester out.

“It’s absolutely tremendous, when you think about what we are doing on the court and in the community, to be able to be as successful as we are academically. It’s a clear reflection of the girls we have in this university and in this program. I expect their best, but in the end the responsibility is on them.”

Lipscomb was joined by Florida Gulf Coast, NJIT and USC Upstate as the only indoor teams in 2017-18 from the ASUN Conference to be honored. New league member, Liberty, was also included in the honorees.

In the classroom, the Bisons were led by nine girls who accumulated a GPA of at least a 3.60 or higher. Carli Anderson, CaLayci Coffey and Maddie Philips led the way, each with a 3.91 in their respective majors.

“I can’t say enough about the resources we have in Dr. Lin Garner (Associate AD for Academics/SWA) and Grace Ann Miller (Director of Academic Services) to help us with this award,” Rosenthal said. “This is special to us and it speaks volumes to what we are trying to do in the volleyball community. We don’t take this honor for granted.”

The AVCA honored a record 973 teams this year from both the high school and collegiate ranks across all divisions. The award is given to teams that hold an average 3.30 cumulative team GPA during the academic year on a 4.0 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 619-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 973.

For those interested in seeing who and when the Bisons will be playing on the court this fall, check back later this week when the full 2018 slate is announced on