UTC Volleyball Earns USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award
Monday, July 27, 2020
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Following another highly successful year in the classroom, the Chattanooga Mocs volleyball program earned its eighth-straight United States Marine Corps (USMC) / American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award following the 2019-20 academic year, the AVCA league offices announced last week.
In addition to the 227 total NCAA DI programs, Chattanooga is one of six Southern Conference members to receive the award.
UTC's streak of eight consecutive selections is the longest among all league members and DI programs in the state of Tennessee.
The squad finished with a 3.8 cumulative team GPA, featured nine student-athletes with perfect 4.0 marks, and placed a program record 19 on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll following the 2020 spring semester.
"I am always very proud of the work that our student-athletes put into the classroom," said head coach Travis Filar.
"But with everything going on this past spring semester and still with the uncertainty that lies ahead, the diligence and perseverance that our entire team showed last spring in achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.8 and finishing the semester the right way, is what I'm most proud of and inspired by with this award."
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. The USMC and AVCA awarded a record 1,313 schools in 2020 across all scholastic and collegiate levels of competition.
"I am glad that they were once again recognized for their academic excellence and I know that they will continue to achieve our program's goals on and off the court," Filar concluded.
Chattanooga looks to kick off the upcoming 2020 season in just a few weeks and features a home slate that includes ACC-member Virginia Tech (Sept. 11) and SEC-member Alabama (Sept. 12) as part of the annual Chattanooga Classic.