August 13, 2013

After Undefeated Ivy Season, Bulldogs Honored for Academic Success

Bulldogs Win Academic Award for Seventh Straight Year

NEW HAVEN -- The three-time defending Ivy League champion Yale volleyball program continues to excel in another area as a team:  the classroom.

For the seventh consecutive season, the Bulldogs have received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.  The award honors collegiate 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. 

"It's a fantastic accomplishment for the team to be recognized for outstanding achievement in the classroom at one of the best schools in the world. And to get these grades while winning an Ivy title and competing in the NCAA tournament is especially meaningful," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said.  

The award marked Yale's work during the 2012-2013 academic year, which included an undefeated Ivy League regular season and the team's second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.  

The Bulldogs open the 2013 volleyball season on Friday, Sept. 6 with a home match against the University of Missouri.  

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity