Lexington, Ky. - Lynn University's volleyball team collected its fifth consecutive American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for its efforts in the classroom during the 2009-10 academic year. The Fighting Knights are one of 55 NCAA Division II programs to earn the honor and the only Sunshine State Conference team to do so each of the past five seasons.
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.
Posting a cumulative 3.60 GPA throughout the season, the Knights volleyball squad topped all LU teams in the spring with a 3.76 GPA. In addition, seven members of the Blue and White recorded perfect 4.00 GPAs in the spring while all 13 players posted at least a 3.00 GPA.
This season, setter Devon Woolard became Lynn volleyball's third CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American by earning second team honors and First Team Academic All-District accolades. She was joined by fellow juniors Sophie Gagnon and Lacy Redwine with Second Team Academic All-District recognition.
Lynn went 20-12 in 2009, its third-straight 20-win season, and reached its third consecutive NCAA South Region Tournament. The Knights return 12 letterwinners, all six starters and their libero for the 2010 campaign.