The Seattle University volleyball team is one of 134 NCAA Division I volleyball programs to receive the Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the 2013-14 academic year, announced Monday by the coach’s organization.

The award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average on a 4.0 scale. A record total of 676 teams received the award after the 2013-14 academic year, setting a new high for the organization for the eighth consecutive year.

The Seattle U volleyball team compiled a 3.421 cumulative grade point average in 2013-14, joining fellow 2013-14 Western Athletic Conference schools Chicago State, Idaho, and Utah Valley among the record 134 programs in Division I to receive the award.

“This is very exciting. I am very proud of the young women on our team for their dedication to academic improvement this past year,” Seattle U head volleyball coach James Finley said. “We believe if a student-athlete feels they have a whole team helping them succeed, they have a better sense of confidence and develop a strong independence and drive to succeed for themselves and for the entire team.”

Nine members of the 2013-14 squad will return to the Redhawk volleyball squad for the upcoming season along with six newcomers, with the team reporting to campus Monday, Aug. 11, and beginning preseason practice the next day. The Seattle U volleyball team welcomes all fans to the Red and White Scrimmage Friday, Aug. 22, starting at 7 p.m. at the Connolly Center.

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