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Crusaders Earn Fifth Consecutive AVCA Academic Award
2007 Valpo seniors Sara Hughes, Nicole Schulz and Tiffany Meikle are presented with the 2006-07 AVCA Team Academic Award by Mark LaBarbera, an honor the Crusaders have now received five straight years
2007 Valpo seniors Sara Hughes, Nicole Schulz and Tiffany Meikle are presented with the 2006-07 AVCA Team Academic Award by Mark LaBarbera, an honor the Crusaders have now received five straight years

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

For the fifth consecutive season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2007-08 school year.

The honor is given to college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. The nominating head coaches must be AVCA members. Valpo was one of a record 70 Division I programs to be so honored this season.

The Crusaders continued to excel on the court as well as in the classroom last year, winning 21 matches, finishing tied for third place in the Horizon League and advancing to the championship match of the Horizon League Tournament.  Over the five years that Valpo has captured the AVCA Team Academic Award, the team has a cumulative record of 127-45 (.738) and has made three trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Valpo was joined by fellow Horizon League institutions Cleveland State, Green Bay, and Milwaukee as award recipients.