LEXINGTON, Ky. -- East Tennessee State's volleyball team won an Atlantic Sun Championship last season, but the Lady Bucs also found time to excel in the classroom.
It was announced on Wednesday that the Lady Bucs received American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic honors after registering a team GPA of 3.592. Overall, 12 ETSU volleyball players registered a GPA above 3.0 and six players recorded a 3.7 or better.
ETSU was one of a record-setting 622 teams to receive the AVCA academic award on the heels of the A-Sun title that gave the Lady Bucs the program's first berth into the NCAA tournament.
"Excellence doesn't happen by accident, either on the court or in the classroom," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "It takes consistent preparation, relentless effort, and determined leadership. A full year of academic achievement, by an entire team of individual students, is a remarkable achievement. What better way to start a new season than with a celebration of an award so emblematic of all that is necessary for sustained success."
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, 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 or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
Former Dobyns-Bennett standouts Meredith Hardy, Megan Devine and Jamie Rutledge were part of last year's Lady Bucs squad along with Science Hill alum Ivey Rice. All three will return when ETSU begins the 2013-14 season at the end of the month.
The team is scheduled to report to preseason camp later this week as the Lady Bucs prepare for their season opener, which is set for Aug. 30 against UNC Greensboro.