George Mason, Harvard, Stanford get national academic honor

Three NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams received a national honor for their performance in the classroom during the 2011-12 school year.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Friday that George Mason, Harvard and Stanford earned the annual Team Academic Award.

To be eligible for this award, a college or high school volleyball team must have at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average on a 4.0 scale or have a 4.10 GPA on a 5.0 scale.


Stanford, George Mason and Harvard were among the 534 teams ranging from boys’ and girls’ high school volleyball to men’s and women’s college volleyball to receive the AVCA award. The 534 teams was an all-time record — beating the previous record of 481 set last year.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Stanford has received the Team Academic Award. The Cardinal was also one of six men’s volleyball teams to score a perfect 1,000 in the NCAA’s latest Academic Progress Rate released earlier this summer.

George Mason’s Team Academic Award was the first time in its program history that it received the annual honor. In addition, Harvard before this year last won the Team Academic Award in 2009 and 2010.

Along with these three Division I-II schools, four Division III teams — Bard College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NYU and Vassar College — received the academic honor.

The seven teams marks the most NCAA men’s volleyball teams to earn the Team Academic Award in a single year.