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The Saint Mary's volleyball team excelled in the classroom in 2016-17, earning the AVCA Team Academic Award.
The Saint Mary's volleyball team excelled in the classroom in 2016-17, earning the AVCA Team...
VB | Gaels Earn AVCA Team Academic Award
Release: Tuesday 08/01/2017 
by SMC Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Saint Mary's volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 year, recognizing the Gaels for their outstanding achievement in the classroom.

The award, announced July 24, is the Gaels' fourth in the last five years. It is awarded to teams that display excellence in the classroom by maintaining a 3.30 Grade Point Average during the school year. Last season's 13-player roster posted a team cumulative GPA of 3.46.

“I am always so proud of our student-athletes and their commitment to excellence on the court and in the classroom,” said Saint Mary's head coach Rob Browning. “They are an impressive group.”

The Gaels had five players honored on the 2016 West Coast Conference All-Academic Team, including two first teamers (Lindsey Calvin, Lindsey Knudsen). Knudsen led all players on the first team with her 3.97 cumulative GPA, double majoring in accounting and economics.

The program continued its academic prowess in the spring, landing six players on the 2017 WCC Beach Volleyball All-Academic Team, including three on the first team (Emily Bible, Knudsen, Payton Rund).

The Gaels begin their 2017 season on Aug. 25 in Seattle at Washington, facing three NCAA Tournament teams in just over 24 hours. SMC's home opener is Sept. 8 versus Fresno State. Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.


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