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Lady Cougars Receive AVCA Team Academic Award

The American Volleyball Coaches Association has announced that the 2011-2012 Clearwater Christian College Lady Cougars Volleyball Team has received the Team Academic Award. This is the tenth year the CCC volleyball program has been recognized by the AVCA for this prestigious award. In order to be a recipient of this honor, a team must maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the entire school year. This past academic year the Lady Cougars sustained a team GPA of 3.55.

Since its inception in the 1992-1993 academic year, the AVCA Team Academic Award has steadily grown into one of the most highly sought after awards in the area of high school and collegiate sports. Not only does the receipt of this award stand as a testament to competent teamwork and athletic ability, but also a dedication to collectively excel in scholastic pursuits.

Coach Vickie Denny: “We have won 11 national titles and 10 of those years we also received the AVCA Academic Award. I see a definite connection between working hard on the court and in the classroom. During this past year, the volleyball team has been recognized for their great accomplishments related to volleyball, but I am just as pleased with their academic achievements and receiving the AVCA Academic Team Award. I believe God is always honored when we use our gifts and abilities for Him and strive for excellence in everything we do.”

The AVCA recognized the accomplishment of the Lady Cougars in a recent press release stating that only three programs nationally “attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in both earning the AVCA Team Academic Award and winning their respective collegiate national championship in the same academic year. This year, the AVCA is proud to recognize three programs -- Concordia University-St. Paul (NCAA Division II), Cowley College (NJCAA Division II) and Clearwater Christian College (NCCAA Division II) – all three of whom excelled in the classroom and on the court.

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