FLORENCE, S.C. – For the second consecutive year, the Francis Marion University volleyball program has earned an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, this time for the 2010-11 year.
The 12-member Patriot squad recorded a 3.34 GPA for this past academic year.
The AVCA honored a record 478 programs – men’s and women’s teams nationwide from high school through all levels of college participation. Francis Marion was one of four Peach Belt Conference members recognized and one of only four Palmetto State schools honored (two each in NCAA Divisions I and II).
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.
“I am very proud of the accomplishments that our student-athletes have earned in the classroom,” said FMU head coach Paul MacDonald. “This recognizes their hard work and dedication both on and off the court. It continues to show how they are able to balance academics and athletics, and exemplify the term ‘student-athletes’.”