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Volleyball Programs Receive AVCA Team Academic Awards for Second Consecutive Season

MIT joined Vassar College as one of the only institutions to have both its men’s and women’s volleyball teams qualify for the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. Initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, this award honors collegiate and high school teams that display excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 mark on a 5.0 scale.

The college ranks produced 212 programs that met the requirements, including a record-setting 62 among Division III women’s teams. Joining MIT on the list from New England were conference foes Mount Holyoke College and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute along with Bowdoin College, Maine Maritime Academy, Middlebury College, Roger Williams University, Wesleyan University, and Williams College. On the men’s side, which included all three divisions, Stanford University and Vassar made the cut in addition to MIT.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

MIT Collects Eight Individual NACGC/W Academic Awards

The MIT women’s gymnastics team registered the second-highest GPA among Division III institutions while ranking tenth overall for the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics/Women (NACGC/W) Academic Award. Southeast Missouri State University captured the top spot with a 3.8200 total as Ithaca College led Division III squads with a 3.5933 GPA to earn fifth place.

The Engineers’ mark of 3.4938 beat out academic peers Brown University (11th), Stanford University (15th), Yale University (16th), Cornell University (48th), UC Berkeley (52nd), and the University of Pennsylvania (53rd).

In the individual awards, Southeast Missouri State was the pacesetter once again with 16 honors while Ithaca led Division III with 12 nods. MIT totaled eight awards with Alison M. Barnard ’09, Marie S. Heglund ’10, Laura E. Kelly ’09, Katie M. Mingo ’10, Gina M. Policelli ’10, Sarah N. Trowbridge ’08, Kristen D. Watkins ’11, and Julia C. Zimmerman ’09 making the list.

­—Mike Stoller, DAPER Staff