MARYVILLE – For the eighth consecutive year and 15th time overall, the Northwest Missouri State University volleyball team earned the United States Marine Corps/American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.
Northwest also tallied the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award Honor Roll for the fifth straight year with a GPA ranked among the top-25 NCAA Division II schools. The Bearcat were one of 45 programs to rank in the top-25 among Division II schools.
The Bearcat volleyball team recorded a 3.80 cumulative team grade point average during the 2020-21 season under the direction of head coach Amy Woerth. Northwest is one of 161 NCAA Division II schools to gain the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award this year.
The United State Marine Corps (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that 1,275 collegiate and high school teams have earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2020-2021 season.
“Even though teams might not have played during their usual season or may not have competed at all during the past year, coaches still found ways to lead their players to academic excellence,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “This is a testament to the important role volleyball coaches play in their players’ success both on and off the court.”
The 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.