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Belles Garner AVCA Team Academic Award

Team huddle on right with logo for USMC and AVCA on left along with words reading
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Saint Mary's volleyball team was recognized for their outstanding scholastic efforts for the past academic year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as the Belles picked up the United States Marine Corps/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2019-2020 year.
An association record of 1,313 teams garnered the academic award for the past year. The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors volleyball teams that maintain a year-long grade-point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale or 4.10 on a 5.0 scale according to the AVCA.
The Saint Mary's volleyball team registered a 3.623 cumulative grade point average to earn the AVCA Team Academic Award.
"I am always excited at this time of year to showcase what the team has done academically during the year," said head coach Denise Van De Walle. "Our success as a team is measured in more than only our win-loss record. We are incredibly proud of receiving the AVCA Academic Team Award for the tenth straight year as it truly is a team effort. With the spring semester being so different and challenging this year, I am even more proud of this team's commitment to excellence. A big congratulations to all teams everywhere who received this award this year. I know it wasn't easy!"
Saint Mary's was one of 231 NCAA Division III women's volleyball programs to earn the academic distinction for the 2019-20 year, an all-time record for Division III women's teams. Moreover, the Belles were joined by all eight fellow MIAA members Adrian, Albion, Alma, Calvin, Hope, Kalamazoo, Olivet, and Trine as AVCA Team Academic Award winners for the second year in a row.
It is the twelfth time overall and tenth consecutive season in which Saint Mary's has earned the AVCA Team Academic Award.
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