LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The 2016-17 Bellevue University volleyball team has been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as a recipient of the AVCA Team Academic Award. It marks the fifth time in school history that BU has been honored with the award. The Bruins previously received the scholastic honor in 2007-08, 2009-10, 2011-12, and 2015-16.
The Bruins were one of just 51 NAIA schools to receive the prestigious award.
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.
"Congratulations to the coaches and institutions that won the 2016-17 AVCA Team Academic Award," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "It is no accident that a volleyball coaches association recognizes academic excellence as a team, rather than an individual, achievement. Players influence each other, both in execution on the court and discipline in the classroom."
The Bruins return five starters and 10 letterwinners from last season's squad that finished 32-12 overall and 13-3 in the NSAA, advancing to the NAIA National Tournament for the ninth time in school history and finishing with a No. 25 national ranking.
Bellevue will open the 2017 season on Aug. 25-26 at the Big Sky Challenge in Butte, Mont.