MAYPEARL — The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced that the Maypearl High School earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2016-2017 season, per a Thursday press release from Maypearl ISD.
A total of 835 teams received the award, which breaks the previous year's total of 764 and set an all-time high.
Maypearl High School varsity volleyball team members Carson Austin, Kellie Blake, Bailey Boston, Katie Gann, Steelie Ledbetter, Peyton Pogue, Marissa Stottlemire, Macy Terry, Kennedy Thorne and Kaitlyn Willborn were named as awardees.
“I am extremely proud of the girls for earning this award for the second year in a row” Maypearl Head Coach Jim Wood said. “They excel and work just as hard in the classroom as they do on the court”.
The award, which was initiated during the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball players that maintained at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale during the school year.
The AVCA Team Academic Award, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered to schools, players, and coaches.
"Congratulations to the coaches and institutions that won the 2017 AVCA Team Academic Award,” AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer said. "It is no accident that a volleyball coaches association recognizes academic excellence as a team, rather than an individual, achievement. Players influence each other, both in execution on the court and discipline in the classroom.”
Since the 2000-01 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while amassing a 542-team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award’s inception in 1993, the number of award winners had increased from 71 to its current number of 835.
Girls high school sports (277) led the way with the number of recipients, an increase of 17 over last year. More than 2,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 25-year history, with exactly 8,464 awards been given out in total.