For the fourth straight year, Bert Luallenís Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball team has been awarded the AVCA Team Academic Award. This season the Lady Saint join a record crowd of over 450 different menís and womenís high school, junior college, NCAA, and NAIA volleyball teams to be given the award. However, the Lady Saints are one of just eight teams at the two-year college level to be given the award.
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 Lady Saint stand in elite company with the award this season with only seven other schools in their class. Allen County and Dodge City were the only other two Jayhawk schools to earn the award with the other five schools being Dawson CC (Mont.), Linn-Benton CC (Oreg.), North Platte CC (Nebr.), Northeastern JC (Colo.), and Redlands CC (Okla.).
"There is no better way to gauge the success of a sport than to track the accomplishments of the people who participate," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Each of these 450 teams represents 12-15 really smart kids. What a great day for the sport of volleyball" she continued.