LEXINGTON, Ky. – WKU Volleyball has been recognized as one of only 25 Division I
programs to earn a spot on the Academic Honor Roll, the American Volleyball Coaches
Association (AVCA) announced Monday. In addition, with a cumulative GPA of 3.61, the
Lady Toppers were recognized with an AVCA Team Academic Award for the
11th-consecutive season and the 15th time since 1999.
WKU is the only Division I program to earn top-25 academic honors and finish in the
top-25 (or receive votes) in the final AVCA Coaches Poll of the 2016 campaign, when
the Lady Toppers secured their third-straight Conference USA regular season and
tournament titles in addition to making the program’s 10th NCAA Tournament
“I could not be more proud of the performance of our student athletes in the
classroom,” head coach Travis Hudson said of the AVCA recognition. “To be recognized
in the top-25 of the country last season and then to go and back that up with one of
the top-25 GPAs is a testament to the complete student-athletes that we have in our
With 2016-2017 marking the 25th anniversary of the award, the AVCA has introduced
additional honors to schools that have a minimum Team Academic Award streak of 15
years, and also for schools that scored the highest GPAs in their respective
divisions. In total, 145 Division I teams were honored with WKU representing one of
seven Conference USA programs on the list including: Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Rice,
UAB, North Texas, and UTEP in addition to the Red and White.
An all-time high 822 high school and collegiate programs were recognized with the
AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 season. The award is given to teams that
hold an average 3.30 cumulative team GPA during the academic year on a 4.0 scale or
4.10 on a 5.0 scale.
A full list of team winners can be viewed
With the 2017 campaign just around the corner, volleyball season tickets are
available online at WKUSports.com or by calling the WKU ticket office at
1-800-5-BIGRED. Season ticket holders will receive 12 general admission tickets with
the Flexible Ticket Package that can be used to attend the regular-season home
matches of his or her choice. This plan allows the flexibility to choose which
volleyball games the buyer wants to attend and the number of tickets used for each
contest. Season ticket holders also gain exclusive access to pre-game chalk talks
with Hudson, who enters his 23rd season at the helm of WKU volleyball.
How to Follow the Lady Toppers: For complete information on WKU Volleyball, follow
the team on Twitter at @WKUVolleyball and head coach Travis Hudson at @TravisHudsonWKU.