Seven programs from the Southeastern Conference earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2020-2021 season, as announced by the United State Marine Corps (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Kentucky, the 2020 NCAA Champion, joins Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee as the SEC teams that excelled in the classroom this past season. A record total of 244 Division I women's programs won the award.
"Even though teams might not have played during their usual season or may not have competed at all during the past year, coaches still found ways to lead their players to academic excellence." said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "This is a testament to the important role volleyball coaches play in their players success both on and off the court."
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.