Spring Arbor University has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 season. Additionally, the Cougars were recognized as an Honor Roll recipient for ranking in the top 10 of the 51 NAIA academic team honorees. A total of 228 NAIA schools offer women’s volleyball.
The Team Academic Award 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.
Head coach Betsy Martinez’s Cougars boasted a 3.63 team GPA. The team also had 13 players maintain at least a 3.5 GPA, while five of those were recognized as NAIA Scholar-Athletes (junior or above with at least a 3.5 GPA).
A record 822 teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 season. The award, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored.