Lexington, Ky. – For the 12th consecutive year, Lynn University's volleyball team has been rewarded for its continued dedication in the classroom, earning a 2016-17 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. The AVCA announced 831 teams to receive the Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 season, breaking the 2015-16 record of 764 programs.
"I'm very proud of the team's success and hard work in the classroom," said head coach Adam Milewski. "We have fantastic professors at Lynn University and a great academic support system in our Athletics department."
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.
The Fighting Knights logged a 3.49 team GPA for the academic year, joining 117 other NCAA Division II honorees, including six from the Sunshine State Conference. Individually, senior setter Marissa Tandron led the way and was awarded with a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American selection at the conclusion of last season. Tandron became the fifth Academic All-American in program history and just the third to be chosen to the first team.
The AVCA Team Academic Award, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while amassing a 541 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 831.
Lynn, coming off its first NCAA postseason appearance since 2010, kicks off the new season on Sept. 1 in Daytona Beach, Fla.