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Spartans Volleyball Named AVCA Team Academic Award Winner

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Posted Aug 7, 2013

The Spartans have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award four straight years.

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that the University of Dubuque was one of 622 teams to receive the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 school year.

The Spartans have earned the Team Academic Award for four consecutive seasons under Head Volleyball Coach April Elsbernd. UD was one of 93 teams in Division III and one of five Iowa Conference teams to earn the honor. Sophomores Nicole Fein (Vallego Calif./St. Patrick-St. Vincent) and Alyssa Holt (Durand, Ill./Durant) led the young Spartans in the classroom as they were named Academic All-Iowa Conference.

UD opens the 2013 season with an exhibition match at Clarke University on August 28th at 7:30 pm. The regular season will begin at the Buc Blast Tournament hosted by Beloit College on August 30th and 31st. The Spartans open Iowa Conference action at home against Loras on September 18th at 7:30 pm.

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. Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 20-year history, with 5,450 awards total having been awarded.

A complete list of the 2012-13 AVCA Team Academic Award Recipients can be found at:
Team Academic Award List