Five programs from the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference have received the Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association for their success in the classroom for the 2018-19 school year. A total of 1,125 teams, from all collegiate levels, received the Team Academic Award this year with a record 175 of those coming from NCAA Division III women's volleyball.
SLIAC member institutions receiving the award this year are Fontbonne University, Greenville University, MacMurray College, Principia College, and Webster University.
In addition, Webster was one of only 19 NCAA Division III Team Academic Award recipients that also reached its "Dig Pink" fundraising goals through the Side-Out Foundation. Through the last 10 years of the "Dig Pink" initiative nearly $14 million dollars has been raised for $ breast cancer research.
The Team Academic Award was created in 1992 by the AVCA and recognizes teams who have matched their dedication to the sport of volleyball with excellence in the classroom. Teams must maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale for the year or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
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