🏐 Jayhawks Earn 2019-20 AVCA Team Academic Award

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and United State Marine Corps (USMC) announced that the Kansas volleyball team has earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2019-20 season. The Jayhawks earned a 3.51 team GPA and are one of 227 NCAA Division I schools to earn the award, while all nine Big 12 schools were named to the list.

The Jayhawks earned their first AVCA Team Academic Award since the 2010-11 season andΒ  their seventh team award in program history. The 3.51 team GPA marked a program best acknowledgement by the AVCA, topping the 2005-06 team’s 3.43 GPA.

Prior to the announcement of the AVCA Team Academic Award, six Jayhawks were named to the 2019 Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Teams, including returners Rachel Langs, Audri Suter and Lacey Angello. Kennedy Farris, Riley Foltz and Gracie Van Driel were each named to the 2020 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team July 1, 2020.

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 and in total a record 1,313 teams received the award, breaking the last year’s by nearly 200 teams.

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.

About AVCA

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. Further information is available at www.avca.org.