MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that West Virginia University earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 season.
"Our team had a goal of winning the AVCA Team Academic Award and they worked very hard to make it happen,” says coach Jill Kramer. “Our academic support staff and our volleyball academic advisor, Jill Weston, were instrumental in helping the team achieve its goal.”
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display 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.
The Mountaineers had three players named to the All-Big 12 Academic Rookie Team in 2012, while Liz Gulick
and Karly Rasmussen were named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball First Team. Gulick also earned the Dr. Gerald Lage award, the Big 12 Conference’s highest academic honor, while maintaining a cumulative 4.0 GPA.
West Virginia has consistently improved its cumulative team GPA every season since Kramer took over as head coach, posting a 3.12 team average in 2010, a 3.24 in 2011 and most recently a 3.30 in 2012.
“We had a very young squad last year with nine of our 12 players new to the team, combined with a new travel schedule in the Big 12 to learn to navigate, both on the court and in the classroom,” Kramer says. “Our university and athletic department have done a great job in helping our student-athletes meet and exceed the needs that are required of our travel in the Big 12 Conference. I am proud of our team for being so diligent in the classroom."