LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Gardner-Webb volleyball program has been honored with its fourth straight American Volleyball Coaches' Association Team Academic Award, announced AVCA officials earlier this week.
"I am proud of the effort our team gives in the classroom to continue our tradition of academic excellence," praised head coach Leo Sayles. "After a tough fall, several players really did a tremendous job in the spring. Special congrats goes out to graduate Anna Pashkova and sophomore Amanda Sahm for attaining perfect 4.0 GPA's for the academic year."
The Runnin' Bulldogs are one of a record 764 teams across all levels of collegiate and high school competition to receive the award. The mark beats out the previous year's total of 754, and establishes an all-time high for the award for the third straight year.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, 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 team grade point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
Gardner-Webb placed 10 student-athletes on the Big South Conference's Presidential Honor Roll this past season as well - including a pair of Amanda Sahm GPA's from Anna Pashkova (Iowa City, Iowa) and Amanda Sahm (Marion, Iowa). The Runnin' Bulldogs had a total of five players with a GPA above 3.5 during the 2015-2016 academic year.