LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford women's volleyball program has been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) with a Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2017-18 season, officials announced Monday.
"I am extremely proud of this team for the success it accomplishes on and off the court," Head Coach Tom Roof said. "We have a dedicated group of players who know what it takes to be successful, who want to win and who want to do well in the classroom. Earning this award is a big indication of how serious we take academics at the University of Pittsburgh."
This is the second time in three years the Pitt-Bradford women's volleyball program has been honored by the AVCA.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball 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 or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The Panthers are one of a record-breaking 973 teams nationwide honored by the AVCA in 2017-18.
173 total NCAA Division III women's volleyball teams earned qualifying GPAs this year.
This is the second time the 2017-18 Panthers' women's volleyball team has been honored for its success in the classroom, as Pitt-Bradford was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference women's volleyball Team Peak Performer for having the highest cumulative grade point average in the conference in its respective sport.
Pitt-Bradford is set to open up its 2018 season on August 31 with a pair of matches against RIT and Brockport in the Scranton Tournament.