August 9, 2013

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin volleyball team received a Team Academic Award for its 3.40 team Grade Point Average in 2012-13, the American Volleyball Coaches Association has recently announced. The Skyhawks were one of only 20.9 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 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

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

“I am very proud of our team for achieving this award for the third straight season,” McClure said. “We have always strived to work hard in the classroom and this recognition reflects that attitude.”

Eleven different Skyhawks tallied GPA’s of 3.33 or higher last season, led by four perfect 4.0 GPA’s (Brandy Dennis, Kasey Elswick, Kelly Hogan, Allie Whimpey). In addition, Jackie Harter earned a 4.0 GPA in the fall while Lucy Martin achieved a 4.0 GPA in the spring.

The 2013 Skyhawks open fall practice tomorrow (Aug. 10) in preparation for their season-opening tournament at Bradley on Aug. 30-31.