MIVA, EIVA teams selected for AVCA national academic award

A record-tying amount of NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams earned a national academic accolade.

The AVCA announced Monday that Ball State, Harvard, IPFW, NJIT, Sacred Heart all received the volleyball organization’s Team Academic Award.


The Team Academic Award started in 1993 to honor academic excellence among college and high school volleyball teams. To be eligible for this award, a team during the school year must have at least a cumulative 3.30 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or at least a 4.10 grade point average on a 5.0 scale.

This is the third consecutive year that a record five Division I-II men’s volleyball teams received the annual award. In addition, Harvard earned the Team Academic Award for the fifth straight year to extend the nation’s longest active streak among NCAA Division I-II teams.

NJIT last won this award in 2014, while Ball State, IPFW and Sacred Heart have not received Team Academic Award honors in the last five years.

Along with these Division I-II men’s volleyball schools, Robert Morris, Dominican, Hilbert, MIT, Stevens Tech and Vassar all eared the Team Academic Award.

A record 764 high school and college teams received the Team Academic Award this year, including 23 high school boys’ volleyball teams.