Lexington, Ky. (July 28) – For the ninth time in 11 years the MIT men's and women's volleyball teams qualified for the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. MIT was one of four Division III programs to appear on both lists in addition to being the only Division III institution to have both the men's and women's teams earn spots on the honor roll.
Initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, the AVCA Team Academic Award honors collegiate and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 mark on a 5.0 scale.
With 2016-17 marking the 25th anniversary of the award, the AVCA introduced additional honors to schools that scored the highest GPAs in their respective divisions. In order for a school to be awarded as an honor roll recipient, its division had to reach a minimum number of nominations. For NCAA Division III women their nomination number allowed for a top-25 honor roll while collegiate men garnered a top-five.
The college ranks produced 452 programs that met the requirements, including a record 150 among Division III women's teams. Joining MIT on the list from New England was Bates College, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Colby College, Connecticut College, Emerson College, Endicott College, Johnson & Wales University, Middlebury College, Plymouth State University, Smith College, Springfield College, Trinity College, Tufts University, and Williams College.
On the Division III men's side, the Engineers were joined by United Volleyball Conference foes NYU and Stevens Institute of Technology along with Dominican University and Endicott College.