(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – The 2017 Carnegie Mellon University volleyball program has been recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for its performance in the classroom by being named a recipient of the AVCA Team Academic Award. This marks the Cardinal and Gray's second straight season earning the award.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors 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. The Tartans finished the year with a team GPA of 3.49.
Under the direction of head coach Kim Kelly, who collected her 500th career win this and 250th at Carnegie Mellon in 2017, the Tartans climbed to the highest AVCA national ranking in program history, when they held the sixth spot for two weeks. Carnegie Mellon appeared in its second straight NCAA tournament and ended the season with a 30-5 record, the second most for a single-season in program history and most under Kelly.
Contributing to the 3.48 GPA for the Tartans was one student-athlete whom earned a 4.0 during the playing season while two accomplished the feat in the spring.
A total of 465 programs hailing from the three divisions of the NCAA, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the National Junior College Athletic Association were represented on the All-Academic Team. There were 173 D-III teams who made their way on the list.