August 1, 2008

Bulldogs Earn Academic Honor from AVCA

Aug. 1, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale volleyball team has been honored for its academic performance in 2007-08 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The Bulldogs were one of 70 Division I programs to receive the AVCA's Team Academic Award. Columbia was the only other Ivy League school to earn the honor.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, 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. A record 353 teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2007-2008 season, topping the mark of 308 set a year ago. That included 70 Division I schools, also a record.

The award adds to an impressive list of academic accomplishments for the 2007-08 Bulldogs. The volleyball team was one of 28 Yale programs -- more than any other school in the country -- to receive the NCAA's Public Recognition Award for high Academic Progress Rate scores earlier this year. The Bulldogs also had an Academic All-Ivy League selection in Kali Nelson '08.

Yale opens the 2008 season against Boston College in the Yale Invitational on Sept. 12.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity