LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Rocky Mountain College volleyball team was one of 33 NAIA teams in the United States to receive the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award this year.
This is the seventh straight year that the team garnished this award. Only 5 percent of the NAIA teams qualified.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-1993 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average on a 4.00 scale.
“I am very proud of our team again this year. We pride ourselves on the success of our program in part that we have scholar-athletes and [that we] take the classroom and the court very seriously,” said Rocky Coach Laurie Kelly.
“Too often athletic participation is associated with academic underachievement, and this stereotype is simply false when it comes to volleyball,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “Couple the smarts represented by these teams with the competitive experience and team-focused training gained on the court, and we have a potent formula for future leadership. What a significant contribution that is by their coaches and schools.”
Members of the academic team include Jayde Hair, Ahlea Billis, Jennifer Donaldson, Tori Bertsch, Elli Hellerud, Mariah Stiffarm, Yang Yang, Sky Gabel, Kylie Nielsen, Anna Dewald, Brooke Myers, BrieAnna Geck and Kacie Stone.