Volleyball team receives national academic award

Story by Ava Chuppe

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The Murray State volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award on July 22 for the 2018-19 year.

This is the fourth consecutive season that the Racers have received the award.

Head coach David Schwepker said he was proud of the team for the hard work and dedication that contributed to the recognition.

“I am just so proud of my team for once again receiving this award,” Schwepker said. “I think it is a great testament to the character of this team, for not only being great athletes and winning championships on the court but then to be so dedicated to their studies preparing themselves for life after sport. What a phenomenal group of young ladies, and I want to take this time to publicly thank them and let them know how proud I am.”

The AVCA Team Academic Award began in 1992 to honor high school and college volleyball teams displaying academic excellence. In order to receive the honor, teams must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

This year, the AVCA recognized 1,125 teams, the most in the organization’s history. This included 189 Division I programs.

The Racers kick off their 2019 volleyball season on Aug. 30 and 31 at the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Hampton Inn Invitational. Their first home game will be on Oct. 4 against UT Martin.