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The Gonzaga University volleyball team has earned the 2011-12 AVCA Team Academic Award.
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Bulldogs Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 07/24/2012
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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Gonzaga University was one of two West Coast Conference schools and one of 102 NCAA Division I programs to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 season.

The award, created in 1992-93 academic year, 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 GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

"Consistent with the Gonzaga University and Athletic Department Mission Statements, one of our core values as a program is to maintain high academic achievement while graduating student-athletes," head coach Dave Gantt said. "In an environment with high expectations, both academically and athletically, we need excellent leadership. In my opinion, Mike Roden , Assistant AD, Athletic Support Services, has taken the 'academic management' of our program to a new level. His understanding of the GU system, foresight, communication and organizational skills are exemplary."

Last year's team finished the year with a cumulative 3.4 GPA. Together, the Bulldogs posted a 3.43 GPA in the fall and a 3.37 GPA in the spring.

"Many programs represent themselves as high academic achievers, but of the over 300 Division I programs, less than a third perform at the necessary level for this award," Gantt said. "Our student-athletes and our academic staff should be proud of their consistent achievement. Being successful students is part of our culture, and it speaks very highly of the 'Zag Experience' that we represent the WCC on the annual list of AVCA Academic Award winners."

"Many coaches tell us they take more pride in and hear more positive feedback about winning the AVCA Team Academic Award than anything else they do all year," AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer said.

The other WCC named to the list was the University of San Francisco.

The Bulldogs begin preseason practices on Tuesday, Aug. 7. They open the season playing in the Northwest Challenge hosted by the University of Washington Friday, Aug. 24 and 25. The Zags will play Portland State, University of Washington and Boise State.


AVCA Team Academic Award (NCAA Division I)

American University

Appalachian State University

Arizona State University

Ball State University

Belmont University

Bowling Green State University

Bradley University

Brown University

Bryant University

Butler University

Central Connecticut State University

Central Michigan University

Columbia University

Dartmouth College

DePaul University

Drake University

Duke University

Duquesne University

East Carolina University

East Tennessee State University

Eastern Michigan University

Fairleigh Dickinson University -Teaneck

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fresno State University

Gardner-Webb University

George Mason University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Georgia Southern University

Gonzaga University

Harvard University

Illinois State University

Indiana State University

Indiana-Purdue at Indianapolis

Iowa State University

Jacksonville State University

Kansas State University

Lafayette College

Liberty University

Lipscomb University

Manhattan College

Marist College

Miami University (OH)

Montana State University

Morehead State University

Northern Arizona University

Northern Illinois University

Northwestern State University

Oakland University

Ohio University

Oregon State University

Providence College

Rice University

Robert Morris University (PA)

Saint Francis University (PA)

Saint Louis University

Sam Houston State University

Southeast Missouri State University

Southeastern Louisiana University

Southern Illinois University

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Methodist University

Southern Utah University

Stanford University

Stephen F Austin University

Stetson University (Sand)

Troy University

University of Arkansas-Little Rock

University of California - Berkeley

University of Central Florida

University of Dayton

University of Delaware

University of Evansville

University of Florida

University of Houston

University of Idaho

University of Illinois

University of Kansas

University of Nebraska

University of Nebraska-Omaha

University of New Hampshire

University of North Carolina-Charlotte

University of North Texas

University of Northern Colorado

University of Northern Iowa

University of Oregon

University of San Francisco

University of South Alabama

University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina Upstate

University of Southern Mississippi

University of Tennessee

University of Texas-San Antonio

University of Toledo

University of Utah

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

University of Wyoming

UT Martin

Utah State University

Utah Valley University

Western Kentucky University

Villanova University

Yale University

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