Cardinal receives the American Volleyball Coaches Association award for indoor and beach teams

AVCA award
Cardinal receives AVCA award for indoor and beach. (Courtesy: Stanford Athletics)

Stanford’s indoor women’s and beach teams were recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as recipients of the AVCA Team Academic Award.

Stanford programs have time and again proven their commitment to academic excellence. The indoor team boasted a 3.81 team cumulative GPA for the 2018-19 academic year. All 16 players carried a 3.50 or higher. The beach team turned in a 3.65 team GPA for the year with eight players holding a 3.50 or better.

In two seasons under KEVIN HAMBLY, the indoor team has had 15 players collect Pac-12 All-Academic recognition, including eight in 2018 – TAMI ALADEAUDRIANA FITZMORRISKATE FORMICOJENNA GRAYMORGAN HENTZMEGHAN MCCLUREKATHRYN PLUMMER and SIDNEY WILSON. The Cardinal was one of just two Pac-12 indoor programs to earn the AVCA Team Academic Award this year.

Stanford’s beach program was one of 41 schools to earn AVCA team recognition, joined by Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA as the four Pac-12 recipients. It marks the fifth consecutive season Stanford has earned the recognition. In May, seven Cardinal were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic teams – KAT ANDERSONCOURTNEY BOWENMORGAN HENTZSHANNON RICHARDSONBLAKE SHARPAMELIA SMITH and SUNNY VILLAPANDO.

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.

Read the full article on the Stanford Athletics website.