The Central Connecticut volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for its performance in the classroom throughout the 2012-13 school year. The Blue Devils earned the award for the seventh consecutive year by maintaining a cumulative grade point average above 3.30 for both semesters.
"Receiving this award is a reflection of the high standards that the student-athletes have maintained over the past seven years," head coach Linda Sagnelli said. "It is a testament to their hard work and to the guidance of our academic center. We are very proud that they have received this recognition."
In all, 623 volleyball programs, ranging from high school to NCAA Division I, earned the academic award this year. Of that total, 130 Division I programs received the honor.
In a record setting year for the AVCA, the number of overall and Division I recipients were both all-time highs for an award that has been issued every year since its inception following the 1992-93 academic year.
"Excellence doesn't happen by accident, either on the court or in the classroom," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "It takes consistent preparation, relentless effort, and determined leadership. A full year of academic achievement, by an entire team of individual students, is a remarkable achievement. What better way to start a new season than with a celebration of an award so emblematic of all that is necessary for sustained success."
The Blue Devils were also successful on the court in 2012, returning to the NEC Tournament for the 10th consecutive year. CCSU finished the regular season in third place and advanced to the NEC Championship with a victory over #2 seeded Robert Morris in the tournament semifinal.
The 2013 season will open on August 30 at the Colgate Classic. The following week the Blue Devils will travel to the Sacramento State Invitational.