Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

Rising sophomore Nele Barber compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring semester.
Aug. 5, 2014

Complete AVCA Release

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Monday afternoon that the Marquette University women's volleyball program has earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 season. 

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.

"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 Golden Eagles achieved a cumulative GPA of above 3.4 for the second-straight year, while Nele Barber was one of 15 student-athletes at MU to record a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring semester. Fifteen of the 17 members of the squad last season also received BIG EAST All-Academic honors for recording a GPA at or above a 3.0.

Graduating senior and AVCA Third Team All-American Elizabeth Koberstein became the third player in program history to earn CoSIDA/Captial One Academic All-America honors in 2013, while also earning the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award for women's volleyball.

Marquette, under first-year head coach Ryan Theis, begins the 2014 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 30 in Fort Collins, Colorado against UC-Santa Barbara in the Rams Volleyball Classic.




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