For the second consecutive season, both Morehead State volleyball and beach volleyball have garnered the highest team academic honor from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. This year marks the 12th consecutive season volleyball has earned the honor while beach volleyball has earned the award in back-to-back seasons.
"I'm especially proud of the effort and commitment that our student-athletes make on a daily basis towards their academic aspirations. Their performance in the classroom would not be possible if it was not for the time and resources our staff and administration has placed into helping them balance all of the demands of being a student-athlete," said head coach Jaime Gordon.
The award, which was first awarded during the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball programs who excel in the classroom, maintaining a minimum 3.30 cumulative team GPA. In total, 1,126 programs were honored with the AVCA Team Academic Award, with 189 programs competing in NCAA Division I women's collegiate volleyball competition.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest academic achievement honor awarded to volleyball programs around the country in quantity of schools, student-athletes, and coaches honored.
Gordon added, "We take pride in recruiting student-athletes who can perform at the highest level on the court and in the classroom. I would also like to recognize the commitment our faculty makes in teaching and mentoring all Morehead State students."
The Eagles open the 2019 campaign with an exhibition match on Aug. 24 versus Bellarmine. Match time is set for 2 p.m. ET. Morehead State begins the regular season, traveling to Rock Hill, S.C. to compete in the Cristi Curtis Volleyball Invitational on Aug. 30-31. The Eagles will face host Winthrop, North Carolina A&T, and Davidson.