LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Indiana University South Bend volleyball team was recognized for its outstanding scholastic efforts for the past academic year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Monday, July 20.
The Titans picked up the United States Marine Corps/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2019-20 year after registering a 3.44 cumulative grade point average to earn the honor for the second consecutive year and fourth time in program history.
An association record of 1,313 teams garnered the academic award for the past year. The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors volleyball teams that maintain a year-long grade-point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale or 4.10 on a 5.0 scale according to the AVCA.
IU South Bend was one of 66 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) women’s volleyball programs to earn the distinction for the 2019-20 year, an all-time record for NAIA women’s teams.
The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference boasted three other programs alongside IUSB that included St. Francis (Ind.), Olivet Nazarene, and Roosevelt as AVCA Team Academic Award winners.
About the United States Marine Corps
Service in the Marine Corps is a noble path and demanding journey reserved for those with the willingness to engage and the determination to exceed all mental, moral and physical requirements to become Marines.
The Marine Corps engages in national partnerships that provide valuable opportunities to spread public awareness of the Marine Corps’ purpose by connecting the brand to those communities it serves. The relationships established between the Corps and our nation’s athletic communities ensure our message of aspirational service resonates with coaches, athletes and their influencers.
The 2020 United States Marine Corp partnership with AVCA has been developed to engage with key publics that are integral to meeting recruiting objectives. The United States Marine Corps looks forward to building enduring relationships with the AVCA member community and lending our support to those coaches and athletic facilitators who help young Americans win battles every day.
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of over 8,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers.