Cobbers Earn AVCA Academic Award

Concordia earned USMC/AVCA Team Academic honors for the first time in program history.
Concordia earned USMC/AVCA Team Academic honors for the first time in program history.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (7/22/20)—The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announce that Concordia earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the first time in program history.

The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors volleyball teams that maintain a year-long grade-point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. The Cobbers finished the year with a 3.42 grade point average and had 11 student-athletes with at least a 3.50 GPA.

"I am very proud of what this group accomplished in the classroom," head coach Faith Dooley commented. "They have shown the desire and work ethic to be very successful off the court and that will help translate into a winning program on the court."

In all three NCAA Women's Divisions, over 50 percent of the membership won the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award. Division III led the way with 231 schools earning the honor. Division I had 227 programs receive the award while DII had 171 programs honored.

Concordia had four players earn MIAC Academic All-Conference honors which were released earlier in the year. Anna Brakke, Bailey Gronner, Jill Klaphake and Kendra Wiggs received the conference award which goes to student-athletes who maintain at least a 3.50 gpa and play in at least 50 percent of the team's contests for the season.