ROCHESTER, Mich. -- For the fifth time in school history the Oakland volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 academic year. The Golden Grizzlies posted team grade-point averages (GPA) of 3.59 and 3.63 during the fall and winter semesters, ranking inside the top-25 among Division I teams for the first time in program history.
"I am very proud of the work that our student-athletes have done to achieve this,” said head coach Rob Beam. “I am fortunate to be able to coach such motivated and intelligent women and it is especially rewarding to rank among the top-25 Division I programs in GPA for the first time in our history.”
Oakland was one of 145 Division I teams to earn the honor and one of seven teams in the Horizon League. 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 GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the award.