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AVCA Recognizes Aggie Volleyball with Team Academic Award

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 07/31/2017 Panhandle State volleyball gave a group effort to earn their seventh AVCA Team Academic Award over an eight-year period.Panhandle State volleyball gave a group effort to earn their seventh AVCA Team Academic Award over an eight-year period.

Goodwell, Okla.—For the seventh time in eight years, Panhandle State volleyball has received accolades for their performance off the court. The American Volleyball Coaches Association added the Aggies to a record-breaking list of recipients who earned the 2016-2017 AVCA Team Academic Award.

The award is celebrating its 25th year and is the single largest offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Initiated in the 1992-1993 academic year, the AVCA Team Academic Award honors collegiate and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. This year, out of the 822 recognized, 119 came from the NCAA Division II ranks. The Aggies were one of three Heartland Conference teams named on the 2016-2017 list.

Head Coach Matt Heffner plans to keep the team's academic success a priority as he enters his first year at the helm. "The whole team worked very hard this past year in the gym and in the classroom. We are very proud of our athletes' achievement and want to keep working hard to make this a yearly benchmark for our program."

A full listing of the 2016-2017 recipients is available on the AVCA website. Congratulations to the Panhandle State volleyball team and to the coaches, faculty and staff who helped pave the way for their success.