NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) Team Academic Award once again, the 10th time in the last 11 years that the Knights earned the accolade. Carleton was one of 90 NCAA Division III programs honored, establishing a new standard, while across the nation a record-breaking 534 high-school and collegiate squads earned recognition for the 2011-12 academic year.
The award 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.
Since 2002, Carleton has picked up the honor 10 times, two more than any other Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) program. This year a total of six conference schools were honored. Joining Carleton were Bethel, Gustavus, Macalester, Saint Mary’s, and St. Thomas.
The Knights open the 2012 season at the Elmhurst (Ill.) Invitational on August 31.