WashU Volleyball Earns 2017-18 AVCA Academic Award

Photo by Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos
Photo by Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos

St. Louis, Mo., July 16, 2018 –
The Washington University in St. Louis volleyball program was honored Monday with the 2017-18 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.

The 2017 Bears' roster finished the academic year with a 3.50 cumulative grade point average. WashU was one of 173 Division III programs honored including all eight University Athletic Association (UAA) volleyball programs: Brandeis, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, Chicago, Emory, New York and Rochester.

The AVCA had a record number of recipients that met the regulation 3.30 GPA and awarded 973 teams. The AVCA not only honors teams from all divisions of the NCAA but also the NAIA, two-year colleges, high school, USCAA, college beach and men's college programs.

Lauren Fournier, Julianne Malek and Chloe Stile earned All-Academic UAA honors in the fall to lead WashU during the season, while 17 Bears finished with GPA's above 3.30 for the academic year. The 17 Bears included Alison Almgren-Bell, Jessica Almgren-Bell, Zoe Baxter, Annabel Bird, Tricia Brown, Rachel Cheng, Fournier, Amanda Hua, Emily Jayne, Leila King, Kirby Knapp, Malek, Lauren Martin, Rachel Rhyner, Stile, Hannah Turner and Ifeoma Ufondu.