WAYNE – Although the Wayne State College volleyball team played a limited number of games in the 2020-21 season, the group remained strong in the classroom.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, this marks a record 19th consecutive year that the Wildcat volleyball pogrom has earned the United State Marine Corps (USMC) and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. The award was announced Monday by the association office in Lexington, Kentucky for the 2020-21 season.
The 2020-21 Wildcat volleyball team recorded an impressive team cumulative grade point average of 3.94. 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.
Wayne State College continues the longest active streak in NCAA Division II for achieving this honor – 19 straight years. WSC is also tied for second amongst all NCAA Division II schools for the most AVCA Team Academic Awards with 19 total.
Besides the outstanding 3.94 team grade point average, the Wildcat volleyball team also had four seniors earn the NSIC/Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award and 11 players named to the NSIC Fall All-Academic Team in the 2020-21 season.
WSC also joined the likes of Boise State, Florida Golf Coast University, Florida Southern, Georgia State, Grand Canyon, Jacksonville State, Jacksonville, Loyola Marymount, Stanford, Arizona, Louisiana-Monroe, North Florida, South Carolina and Vanguard who finished among the top 20 percent of all beach programs.
The Wayne State College beach volleyball team competed in the Silver Division final of the AVCA Small College Beach Championship finishing runner-up in the Silver Division and eighth place overall at the event played in Tavares, Florida.
Wayne State ended the 2021 beach volleyball season with a 5-5 record.
The Wayne State College 2021 indoor volleyball season is scheduled to open on Friday, September 3 at the Dallas Baptist Tournament in Texas. WSC will face Westminster College (Utah) at 11:30 a.m. before battling the host Dallas Baptist at 7 p.m. Moving into Saturday, September 4, the ‘Cats will face Arkansas Tech at 11 a.m. as well as Eastern New Mexico at 3 p.m.