KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Volleyball received a prestigious academic team honor, handed out by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Monday. Overall, the program excelled in the classroom maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average during the 2018-19 academic year. Due to their achievements, the Roos earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the first time in the head coach Christi Posey-era and first time since 2009.
“We continue to be very proud of our TEAM for their academic performance this past spring," said Posey. "It’s a great testament to their determination for high achievement in their role as student-athletes. Throughout their wide range of responsibilities, they represent Kansas City Volleyball with tremendous dignity and class.”
Kansas City Volleyball is one of seven programs from the Western Athletic Conference on the list. The honor is the ninth all-time for the Roos in its history (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2019).
Overall, the 1,126 honored teams in collegiate volleyball breaks the previous year's total of 977 to set an all-time high. 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 AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while more than doubling the total over the last eight academic years. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 1,126.