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USU volleyball: Utah State earns AVCA Team Academic Award

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Utah State volleyball was one of 131 NCAA Division I programs honored with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award on Tuesday, the second-consecutive year that the Aggies have been recognized with the award. The complete list included teams from the Division I, II and III ranks, two-year colleges and also high schools, as a total of 762 teams were recognized.

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.

Utah State joined Utah on the list for teams honored from the Beehive State and joined fellow Mountain West schools Fresno State, UNLV and Wyoming with the academic distinction.

The accolade is one of many the volleyball program received during 2015-16 as nine members of the team were recognized in the fall with academic all-conference honors from the Mountain West with five more receiving Scholar-Athlete distinctions from the league in the spring.

“These athletes really embody the phrase ‘student-athlete’,” head coach Grayson DuBose said. “During the fall we will miss, on average, 19 days and to achieve this award really shows their dedication to the classroom.

“We really need to thank (assistant coach) Taubi Palmer and (academic coordinator) Amber Rae Childers because they are in charge of our academics and work closely with our student-athletes and help guide them in the classroom.”

Utah State volleyball opens its 2016 season in a month when the Aggies travel to Corvallis, Oregon, to compete against Oregon State, Seattle and Portland, Aug. 26-27. USU opens at home, hosting UC Riverside, Portland State and Southeastern Louisiana, in the USU Invitational presented by Gossner Foods, three of 13 matches on Kirby Court at the Wayne Estes Center this upcoming season.

Kyle Cottam is the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at Utah State University.