WAYNE – Those who competed in both fall volleyball and the shortened spring beach volleyball season earned United State Marine Corps (USMC) and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Awards.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletes, the awards were announced by the association office in Lexington, Kentucky for the 2019-20 season.
The Wildcats continue the longest active streak in NCAA Division II for receiving the honor, being 18 consecutive years. The WSC beach volleyball team was one of 41 programs to receive the award in its first season of play.
Both fall and beach volleyball teams at Wayne State recorded impressive team cumulative grade point averages of 3.80. Wayne State is also tied for second amongst all NCAA Division II schools for the most AVCA Team Academic Awards with 18 total.
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.
Along with its 3.80 team grade point average, the Wildcat volleyball team had four seniors earn the NSIC/Myles Brand All-Academic With Distinction Award with 11 players named to the NSIC Fall All-Academic Team.
Wayne State College finished the 2019 season at 24-7 overall and fifth place in the NSIC with a 14-6 league mark. The Wildcats were ranked 13th in the final regular season AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Wildcat beach volleyball team had a 3-4 record early in its 2020 debut season when it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.