The Youngstown State volleyball team has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the fifth straight season, the AVCA announced on Monday.
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. YSU earned the distinction for the first time in program history in 2014, and it has now been awarded five straight years. The team posted a 3.36 GPA during the 2017-18 academic year.
Individually, Erin Kalahar posted a 4.0 GPA in both semesters during the 2017-18 academic year. Marketa Plesingrova and Morgan Tippie joined her with 4.0 GPA's during the fall, and Lauren Blanco, Dana Borsz and Sam Brown each registered a 4.0 GPA in the spring.
The Penguins were one of 163 teams at the NCAA Division I level to earn the award, and a record 973 teams in total were recognized. Other Horizon League teams on the list included Cleveland State, Green Bay, IUPUI, Northern Kentucky and Oakland.