- Inside Athletics
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- On Wednesday (Aug. 7), the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Marygrove College as one of a record 46 teams in the NAIA that earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2012 season. Marygrove, under the direction of first-year head coach Jamie Baker in 2012, boasted four Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) All-Academic performers to help lift the program to their first team academic honor at the national level. Baker's Mustangs were one of three WHAC teams honored by the ACVA (Davenport and Indiana Tech).
In total, a record 623 teams across the collegiate and high school landscape were honored by the AVCA. The record-breaking number topped the previous best of 536 named to the 2011-12 AVCA list.
The AVCA released their inaugural Team Academic Awards at the conclusion of the 1992-93 academic year. The annual team awards are doled out to college and high school volleyball teams that maintained a minimum of a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale for the duration of the academic year.
"I am extremely proud of our girls," said Baker. "The 2012 team has set an expectation for all of our teams for years to come as we aim to be honored every year for our hard work in the classroom."
The 2013 season opens up in Gary, Ind., on Aug. 23 when the Mustangs hit the court for the Indiana Northwest Tri-Match. The team will then travel to Chicago for the Roosevelt University Quad before leaving for the Sunshine State to take part in Florida Northwood's Labor Day Volleyfest.