Bulldogs Earn American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award

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The Yale volleyball huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Honored Every Year Since 1992

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale volleyball team collected another accolade when it received an American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 year. The Bulldogs have received the honor every year since it was founded in 1992.

The AVCA created the honor to highlight and reward college and high school volleyball teams that excel in the classroom by earning a team GPA over 3.30. Yale was one of 92 Division I teams to receive the award, and one of only two Ivy League teams to be recognized.

"I am very proud of our student-athletes," Head Coach Erin Appleman said. "I'm proud to work at an institution that truly values the 'student' side of the student-athlete."

The 2010-11 volleyball team captured the program's fourth Ivy League title last fall, and third in seven years, after tallying a 12-2 mark in league play (18-8 overall). 

After graduating All-Ivy libero and captain Kelly Ozurovich, the Bulldogs return five starters for 2011-12, including First Team All-Ivy selections Bridget Hearst '12 and Kendall Polan '14. Polan was also named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. 

The Bulldogs open the season on Sept. 2 against Boston College.