For the 12th time in program history and the ninth straight season overall, The University of Scranton volleyball team was honored for their work in the classroom throughout the 2019-20 academic year by earning The United State Marine Corps (USMC)/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award on Monday.
The Royals were also one of just a handful of teams across NCAA Division III to reach their Dig Pink® fundraising goal for the year through the Side-Out Foundation.
The Team Academic Award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors volleyball teams that maintain a year-long grade-point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale or 4.10 on a 5.0 scale. For the academic year, the Royals posted a 3.40 GPA in 2019-20.
Dig Pink®, meanwhile, is a nationwide movement to provide meaningful and impactful experiences for athletes while inspiring and empowering them to come together in support of the stage IV breast cancer community. Each year, hundreds of teams across the country (and some overseas) participate in the Dig Pink® Rally, which Scranton did on Oct. 25, 2019 in a match with crosstown foe Marywood.
In all, 313 teams at both the high school and college levels earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2019-2020 season, topping last year's record by almost 200 teams. In all three NCAA Women's Divisions, over 50% of the membership won the award, led by 68% in DI, 57% in DII, and 53% in DIII.
For more on the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Awards for 2019-20, click here: https://www.avca.org/awards/avca-team-academic-award.html
In 2019, the Royals finished with 15 victories and qualified for the Landmark Conference playoffs for the seventh straight season.
Fans are reminded to continue to follow University of Scranton Athletics all year on both Instagram and Twitter @RoyalAthletics.