FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University volleyball program has earned an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2009-10 year.
The AVCA honored a record 450 programs – men’s and women’s teams nationwide from high school through all levels of college participation. Francis Marion was one of three Peach Belt Conference members recognized and one of four Palmetto State schools honored (the other three were all NCAA Division I members).
The award, which was initiated in 1993, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
The 12-member Patriot squad recorded a 3.41 GPA for the 2009-10 academic year.
“I feel very honored that our student-athletes earned this award,” said FMU head coach Paul MacDonald. “This recognizes their hard work and dedication both on and off the court. It shows how they were able to balance academics and athletics. This group of young ladies truly exemplifies the term ‘student-athletes’.”