Eight teams pick up AVCA national honor for outstanding academic performance

Photo courtesy of Ball State

Almost 20 percent of all NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball programs finished the 2018-19 school year with at least 3.30 cumulative team grade point average.

Eight teams were named recipients earlier this week of the annual AVCA Team Academic Award.

The academic honor started in 1993 and is presented to college and high school volleyball teams that maintain at least 3.30 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 grade point average on a 5.0 scale. A record 1,126 teams across all divisions were recipients of the award this year.

The ConfCarolinas led all conferences with three teams — Barton, Belmont Abbey and Mount Olive — earning the Team Academic Award.


The defending ConfCarolinas champions Barton were one of the two schools to receive the academic accolade and reach the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Hawai’i also received the honor to cap off a season that included a postseason run to the NCAA Tournament finals.

Along with these schools, Ball State, Harvard, Loyola and St. Francis all were recipients of academic honor.

This is the sixth consecutive year that at least five NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams have received the Team Academic Award.

A combined 19 men’s volleyball programs in NCAA Division I-II, NCAA Division III and NAIA were selected for the honor this year. In addition, Barton, Dordt, Greenville, Stevens and Vassar made the AVCA Team Academic Honor Roll for having the top-five grade point averages in college men’s volleyball.

2019 AVCA Team Academic Award (NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball)

Ball State
Belmont Abbey
St. Francis
Mount Olive

2019 AVCA Team Academic Award (NCAA Division III men’s volleyball)


2019 AVCA Team Academic Award (NAIA men’s volleyball)


2019 AVCA Team Academic Award (high school boys’ volleyball)

Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Altoona Area High School
Archbishop Alter
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School
Basis Scottsdale
Bishop Chatard High School
Cathedral High School
Chandler High School
Corona del Sol High School
Darien High School
Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
Francis Parker High School
Franklin Community High School
Glenbard West High School
Higley High School
Hoace Mann School
Jesuit High School
Kimberly High School
La Jolla High School
Livingston High School
Lyons Township High School
McQuaid Jesuit High School
New Berlin United
Oliver Wolcott Technical High School
Orchard Park High School
Pine Crest School
Roncalli High School
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Servite High School
St. Charles North High School
St. Ignatius College Prep
St. Mark’s School of Texas
St. Paul VI Catholic High School
St. Rita of Cascia High School
Stephen T. Badin High School
The Harker School
Trinity High School
Vernon Township High School
Walnut Hills High School
Warren Township High School
Wheaton Warrenville South High School
York Community High School