LEXINGTON, Ky. - Four volleyball programs from the Southeastern Conference are among the 764 teams that earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2015-2016 season. The SEC schools that were honored with this year's AVCA Team Academic Award are the University of Alabama, the University of Kentucky, the University of Missouri and the University of South Carolina.
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 amassing a 477 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 764.
Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 24-year history, with exactly 7,642 awards been given out in total.