Blackbirds Volleyball Dominates on the Court and in the Classroom
Dan Lobacz,Assistant Director of Athletics/Director of Media Relations
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Aug. 7, 2014) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association honored the LIU Brooklyn volleyball program this week, as it was announced that the Blackbirds were a recipient of the 2013-2014 AVCA Team Academic Award, for performance in the classroom during the academic year.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-1993 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 two-time defending Northeast Conference champions recorded a 3.55 team GPA last academic year, dominating in the classroom and on the court. In 2013, LIU volleyball went 23-8 overall, and a perfect 14-0 in the Northeast Conference, en route to the program's eighth NEC Championship title in the past 10 years. The Blackbirds only dropped two sets in conference play, and have won 32 consecutive regular season conference matches; the longest active win streak in NCAA Division I.
Across all levels of the AVCA, a record 676 programs received the team academic award this year. At the Division I level, 134 programs earned the honor.
"Too often athletic participation is associated with academic underachievement and this stereotype is simply false when it comes to volleyball," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Couple the smarts represented by these teams with the competitive experience and team-focused training gained on the court, and we have a potent formula for future leadership! What a significant contribution that is by their coaches and schools."
The 2014 LIU Brooklyn volleyball season opens Aug. 29, at the Loyola Marymount Tournament. The Blackbirds will take on host LMU, Friday, Aug. 29 at 11 p.m. ET.
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