The Central Connecticut volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2019-20 season it was announced by the organization on Monday. The Blue Devils have achieved the team academic honor for 14 consecutive seasons, which is the sixth-longest active streak in Division I.
"I am so proud of how our team, year in and year out, demonstrates a high level of academic success," CCSU head coach Linda Sagnelli said. "They continue to set the standard for future CCSU volleyball teams to reach."
The AVCA recognized an all-time high 1,313 teams across all levels, including 227 NCAA Division I programs. The AVCA Team Academic Award was instituted in 1992-93 to honor collegiate and high school volleyball teams that maintained 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 Blue Devils had 11 student-athletes named to the Northeast Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll, including eight named to the NEC Commissioner's Honor Roll for a 3.75+ GPA. The team had a department-best 3.76 GPA during the spring semester. CCSU posted a 15-15 record and advanced to the league championship game after upsetting top-seeded Robert Morris in the semifinals. Ashlyn Eisenga was the league's Defensive Player of the Year and was one of four CCSU student-athletes to earn All-NEC recognition.