Wayne State Volleyball, Beach Volleyball Earn USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award

Wayne State Volleyball, Beach Volleyball Earn USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

WAYNE – Both of the Wayne State College court and beach volleyball programs were tabbed with USMC/AVCA All-Academic Team and Honor Roll awards.

According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the American Volleyball Coaches Association office in Lexington, Kentucky made the announcement earlier this week for the 2021-22 seasons.

This marks the 20th consecutive year that the Wildcat volleyball team received the team academic award, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division II

The Wildcats were also named to the AVCA Team Academic Honor Roll representing the top 20 percent of team GPA’s in NCAA Division II with a 3.82 cumulative team grade point average.

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 was one of 14 teams from the Northern Sun Conference and 147 in NCAA Division II to collect the honor.

Wayne State also featured the NSIC’s Elite 18 Award winner this year in senior Lauren Jacobsen, who had a 4.00 grade point average majoring in pre-med, to go with eight NSIC All-Academic Team selections and one NSIC/Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction recipient.

The Wayne State College volleyball team finished the 2021 season with a 22-8 record and fourth place finish in the NSIC with a 14-6 league mark. The Wildcats were ranked 18th in the final AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.

On the beach side, Wayne State College was listed as one of seven teams in NCAA Division II to earn the honor with a 3.82 cumulative grade point average and also earned the team academic honor roll placing in the top 20 percent of their division.

The Wayne State College beach volleyball program finished the 2022 season at 14-6 overall, ending the season with a 3-3 record and bronze division champions at the AVCA Small College Beach Championships in Florida.