Nine GLIAC Programs Achieve USMC/AVCA Team Academic Accolades

Nine GLIAC Programs Achieve USMC/AVCA Team Academic Accolades

Official AVCA Release

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 1,275 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2020-2021 season. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) landed nine of the 161 NCAA Division II women's teams recognized.

The nine (9) GLIAC programs to earn AVCA Team Academic Award are: Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Northern Michigan, Northwood Saginaw Valley State, Wayne State, Parkside, and Michigan Tech, who was also earned team Academic Honor Roll recognition, representing the highest scholarly achievement in Volleyball.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

About the United States Marine Corps

Service in the Marine Corps is a noble path and demanding journey reserved for those with the willingness to engage and the determination to exceed all mental, moral and physical requirements to become Marines.

The Marine Corps engages in national partnerships that provide valuable opportunities to spread public awareness of the Marine Corps' purpose by connecting the organization to those communities it serves. The relationships established between the Marine Corps and our nation's athletic communities ensure our message of aspirational service resonates with coaches, athletes and their influencers.

The 2021 United States Marine Corps partnership with AVCA has been developed to build enduring relationships with the AVCA member community and lend our support to those coaches and athletic facilitators who help young Americans win battles every day.

About AVCA

The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of over 7,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. The association celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021. Further information is available at