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Women’s Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State women’s volleyball team was one of a record 134 NCAA Division I programs to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 season.

   “It is extremely rewarding to once again be honored with the AVCA Team Academic Award,” Ball State head coach Steve Shondell said. “Education is the most important aspect our student-athletes take away from their time at Ball State University. The wins and losses will slowly fade into the sunset, where a college education will remain throughout a lifetime.”

   The AVCA Team Academic 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.

   A record 676 teams across all recognized levels of volleyball were honored for the 2013-14 academic year. The 134 NCAA Division I women’s program recognized make up the second-largest group, trailing only high school girls programs which accounted for 225 recipients.

   The Ball State women’s volleyball team finished the 2013-14 academic year with a 3.36 team grade-point average, with 11 of the program’s 16 student-athletes earning at least a 3.30 mark.

   Redshirt junior middle blocker Hayley Benson (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) and redshirt freshman outside hitter Sabrina Mangapora (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) posted a perfect 4.0 GPA for the academic year, while then seniors Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North), Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) and Lauren Grant (Eagan, Minn./Eastview) earned perfect marks for the 2014 spring semester.

   For the most up-to-date news on Ball State women’s volleyball, follow @BallStateSports, @BallStateWVB and @SteveShondell on Twitter.

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