BOONE, N.C. — For the 10th time under head coach Matt Ginipro, Appalachian State volleyball has been named a recipient of the Team Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
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.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while more than doubling the total over the last eight academic years. Since the award’s inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 1,125. The total of 1,125 teams during the 2018-19 season marks a new record for the award.
The Mountaineers were one of just five Sun Belt teams to earn the honor this season.
App State will begin practices for the 2019 season in early August and will officially open the season on Aug. 30 at the Cactus Classic in Tucson, Ariz. versus Arizona and Samford.