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by: David S. Williams
Sand Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  08/07/2013
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For the second straight year, the Stetson sand volleyball program has been selected as a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.

The award is presented annually to volleyball programs who maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.  The Hatters completed the 2012-13 academic year with a 3.40 team GPA.

"The scholar-athletes on our team worked very hard in the classroom to achieve this award," Stetson volleyball head coach Tim Loesch said.  "The sand volleyball team has made earning this award a tradition, having done so in both years of existence. This accomplishment is even more meaningful because Stetson is such a prestigious academic university. I’m very proud of our players for their studies and helping Stetson win the Atlantic Sun Academic Cup last year.”

The Stetson sand volleyball program was one of 130 recipients on the NCAA Division I level to be honored with the AVCA Team Academic Award.  The Hatters also saw 19 of its student-athletes earn A-Sun All-Academic Team honors in 2012-13.

Loesch said the indoor volleyball team narrowly missed earning the team award as well, coming just five-hundredths of a point short of the necessary 3.3 GPA threshold.

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