Volleyball Broncos earn national academic award
Aug. 22, 2006
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Bronco volleyball team earned the Team Academic Award of the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the 2005-06 school year.
Initiated by the AVCA in 1992-93, the award is presented annually to college and high school varsity volleyball teams that maintain a team grade-point average of 3.30 or higher. Fifty-four NCAA Division I volleyball teams earned the award this year, or only about 17 percent of the more than 300 Division I women's programs nationally.
For the 2005-06 academic year, the volleyball Broncos compiled a 3.41 team GPA, which is 0.09 grade points shy of the dean's list for the team for the year.
"From the beginning, we have made education our number one priority," says coach Colleen Munson. "This award is a true testament of the hard work of our student-athletes."
Also during 2005-06, under first-year coach Munson, the volleyball team had its best season, 20-9 overall, since its 2000 Mid-American Conference championship.
This is the second time in the past three years that WMU has received the AVCA Team Academic Award. The Broncos also received the honor for 2003-04.
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