LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 16, 2018) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that Bellarmine University was among the 973 teams earning the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2017-2018 season. This number breaks the previous year’s total of 835 to set an all-time high.
The award, which was initiated in the 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 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The Knights enjoyed success both in the classroom and on the court in 2017-18. Last fall, Bellarmine posted a 23-9 record and earned the program’s first-ever bid to the NCAA Championship. Academically, the Volleyball Knights boasted a grade point average of 3.52 for the 2017-18 academic year.
Katie Adams (Male), Abby Schlaug (Assumption), Jordyn Kuchenbrod (Assumption), Izzy Salameh (Mercy), Kristen O’Toole (Assumption), and Elizabeth Boyce (Assumption) were Louisville natives on the team.
This season, Bellarmine opens with an exhibition match on August 17 at Morehead State before starting the regular season at a tournament hosted by Ashland University on Aug. 24 and 25. The Knights host their own tournament on Aug. 31 and Sept.1 to open their 2018 home schedule.