Golden Eagle Volleyball Receives AVCA Academic Honor

July 26, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Southern Miss volleyball program received an AVCA Team Academic Award for a second consecutive season.

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.

"Congratulations to the coaches and institutions that won the 2016 AVCA Team Academic Award,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "It is no accident that a volleyball coaches association recognizes academic excellence as a team, rather than an individual, achievement. Players influence each other, both in execution on the court and discipline in the classroom.”

The Golden Eagles this past spring boasted three members on the President's List (3.5 GPA and above) as well as four on the Dean's List (3.0-3.49). Mary Pursell, a two-time Conference USA Libero of the Year, was also named in June as one of 14 Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship recipients that were bestowed by the league.

The squad looks to build off its 24-11 campaign, its most wins since 2009, with the season-opening Southern Miss Invitational (Aug. 26-27).

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