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Awarded by the AVCA
July 24, 2017
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ORLANDO (UCFKnights.com) - For the fourth consecutive year, the UCF volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. The Knights posted a team GPA of 3.74 for the 2016-17 academic year, which was the highest achieved by a sport in UCF history.

"Carly Place and the entire Academic Services department absolutely hit a home run this year," head coach Todd Dagenais said. "Many teams talk about 'academics first', but this year proves once again that UCF Volleyball is absolutely 100% committed in the classroom."

Dagenais' squad tallied an impressive in-season 3.609 team GPA in the fall, before recording a 3.746 during the spring semester. The Knights had 12 student-athletes compile GPAs of 3.7 or better in the fall with eight earning a 3.9 or higher. UCF has earned the Team Academic Award in seven of the last eight years.

"I'm incredibly proud of our women for setting an all-time GPA record, and so grateful for the role that Dr. Wood and Carly have in reinforcing our core value of 'academics' each and every day," Dagenais continued. "Thank you to the American Volleyball Coaches Association for recognizing our program for their academic achievement."

Created during the 1992-93 academic year, the AVCA award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale during the academic year. This year, a record-breaking 822 teams earned the award, up from 764 last year.

UCF volleyball will opens its 10th year under Dagenais on Aug. 25 at the Northern Colorado Bears / Colorado State Rams Classic. The Knights will open up play The Venue at UCF on Sept. 15 with the Holiday Inn Express UCF Challenge against Virginia and Ole Miss.

UCF Volleyball hits the court for its 10th season under head coach Todd Dagenais. Don't miss a single minute of action at The Venue. Visit UCFKnights.com or call (407) 823-1000 for more information.

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