For the third consecutive year, the Francis Marion University volleyball program has earned an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, this time for the recent 2011-12 year.
The 13-member Patriot squad recorded a 3.359 GPA for this past academic year.
The AVCA honored a record 535 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 only six Palmetto State college programs honored (two in NCAA Division I and four in Division II). Altogether, 69 Division II programs were named to the list.
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 fact that we again earned this award, and in the process raised our GPA from the previous year,” said FMU head coach Paul MacDonald. “Our student-athletes have worked extremely hard to balance their academics and athletics, while at the same time striving to succeed in both areas.”