LEXINGTON — The Lincoln Memorial University volleyball team was one of 114 NCAA Division II programs to earn the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 season, it was announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
In order to be eligible for the award, which is celebrating its 23rd year of honoring both collegiate and high school volleyball programs, recipients must maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average.
The AVCA saw a record number of Team Academic Award honorees with 757 total high school and collegiate programs reaching that lofty GPA mark. That number shatters the previous record of 687 set during the 2013-14 academic year.
Lincoln Memorial was one of nine South Atlantic Conference programs to qualify for the AVCA Team Academic Award, joining Anderson, Brevard, Carson-Newman, Catawba, Newberry, Queens, Tusculum and Wingate.
The Lady Railsplitters placed four players on the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, as MaRanda Boddie (Springfield, Ohio), Brooke Fleeman (Nashville, Tennessee), Kendra Gephart (Morrow, Ohio) and Kiera Holland (Columbia, South Carolina) completed the requirement of maintaining a cumulative 3.30 GPA or higher.
Academically, Lincoln Memorial was in the top 40 percentile of the NCAA Division II as one of the 114 programs to receive this recognition. The NCAA Division II is currently home to 279 women’s volleyball programs.
The complete list of 2014-15 AVCA Team Academic Award winners can be accessed via www.avca.org.