July 31, 2009
EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville volleyball team gained national recognition with the awarding of the Team Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
SIUE was one of 71 NCAA Division I programs honored. Nearly 25 percent of NCAA Division I schools earned the award.
The AVCA honors teams which have a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale during the full academic year.
"Receiving the 2008-2009 AVCA Team Academic Award is a great accomplishment and honor. Our student-athletes take as much pride in their academic success as their athletic success and work equally hard at both," said SIUE Coach Todd Gober.
SIUE's 2008 squad featured two ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans with Mallory Clements (Mt. Pulaski) earning first team honors and Samantha Schulte earning third team honors. Gober also noted outgoing seniors Kelsey Hubert (Freeburg) and Emily Rahn (Waukesha, Wis.) also recorded outstanding grade point averages for both semesters.
"Even in the classroom, this group shows what teamwork can accomplish," added Gober.
The SIUE volleyball program opens preseason camp on Sunday, August 9. SIUE's first contest is scheduled for Aug. 28 at the Indiana State Tournament.