Panthers earn Team Academic Award for third straight year
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball program has earned national recognition for its success in the classroom during the 2016-17 school year, as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
The Panthers were the only Little East Conference (LEC) member school, and one of just 100 NCAA Division III women's teams nationwide, to be honored with the AVCA Team Academic Award. This marks the third consecutive year Plymouth State volleyball has been acknowledged by the AVCA for its academic success.
The award, which is celebrating its 25th year after its initiation during the 1992-93 academic year, honors volleyball programs that displayed academic excellence by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. The AVCA recognizes award winners for both men's and women's programs across all three NCAA divisions, NAIA, NCCAA, two-year colleges and high schools and includes indoor and sand programs.
"It is an honor to be recognized by the AVCA for our academic achievements for the third straight year," said sixth-year head coach Chris Kilmer. "Being recognized with this award is a testament to the work ethic and commitment of our student-athletes. To be as successful as we have been both on the court and in the classroom is something I am especially proud of."
The Panthers, who were picked to finish fourth in the LEC preseason poll last fall, wound up with a 20-11 overall record and ended up second in the conference with a 6-1 league mark. PSU swept Western Connecticut in an LEC semifinal match at Foley Gymnasium, but fell to UMass Boston in the championship match.
A complete list of honored programs can be found on the AVCA website at www.avca.org.
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