411OnTheForty: Volleyball earns USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award

Head coach Jerritt Elliott has built a team capable of dominant performances ... on the court and in the classroom (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

For the Texas volleyball team, a high level of success is sustained both on and off the court. The team the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 title according to the league's head coaches, and now has earned a USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the overall performance in the classroom.

Teams must post a year-long grade point average of 3.30 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) to qualify. UT's team GPA was 3.55.

This is the fourth consecutive season in which Texas has received such an honor, joining 1,312 other college teams this season from the NAIA, NJCAA, NCCAA and NCAA. That record-breaking number is nearly 200 more teams than last year, and the most ever in history of the award, which started in the 1992-93 school year. Six national champions, including Div. I national champion Stanford earned the award. Texas was one of four Big 12 volleyball teams to win the award: the others were Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas.

A full schedule has not been released for the 2020 volleyball season, but a road trip to face Texas A&M Sept. 18 has been announced.

The Longhorns' home games will be played in the Erwin Center so social distancing can be followed.

Riley Zayas

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley

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