UTM VOLLEYBALL TEAM RECEIVES AVCA ACADEMIC AWARD FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON

August 5, 2014

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin volleyball team earned a Team Academic Award for its 3.42 team Grade Point Average in 2013-14, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced yesterday. The Skyhawks were one of only 20 percent of NCAA Division I squads to receive the award.

UT Martin was one of seven Ohio Valley Conference teams to earn the award from the AVCA, who instituted the award in the 1992-93 academic year. The AVCA 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 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale.

This marks the fourth time in as many years that the Skyhawk volleyball team has been recognized by the AVCA under head coach Darrin McClure, who enters his seventh season at the helm this fall.

“I am very proud and honored to receive this award for the fourth year in a row,” McClure said. “Our program is all about striving to work hard in the classroom and this award reflects that.”

Nine different Skyhawks tallied GPA’s of 3.2 or higher last season, led by Allie Whimpey’s perfect 4.0 GPA. Additionally, Julia Devinney earned a 4.0 GPA in the fall.

UT Martin begins fall practice on Monday, Aug. 11 in preparation for their season-opening tournament at Alabama State on Aug. 29-30.



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