Cats Earn Fourth-Straight AVCA Team Academic Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. The K-State volleyball team has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the fourth straight year as the Wildcats were tabbed for the honor for the 2013-14 season.

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 or a 4.10 cumulative GPA on a 5.0 scale.

“This award requires our entire team to achieve excellence in the classroom with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better, which is an outstanding accomplishment,” said K-State head coach Suzie Fritz. “We have, and continue to be very proud of the academic achievements of our student-athletes and our program as a whole. The responsibility to be successful both on the court and in the classroom is part of the culture of our team. I believe this award says a lot about our players in that they take their responsibilities as “student-athletes” very seriously. The commitment that they have made to both their athletic and academic goals is commendable.”

K-State has received the AVCA Team Academic Award 11 times under Fritz and 12 times total in program history.

Of the record-breaking 676 teams honored for this year’s award, 134 stem from NCAA Division I women’s volleyball. K-State is one of four Big 12 Conference teams selected, joined by Baylor, Kansas and Texas Tech.

K-State opens its 2014 schedule with the two-day Green Bay Country Inn & Suites Tournament in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 29 and 30. The following weekend, the Wildcats kick off their home schedule with the K-State Invitational, held in Bramlage Coliseum, from September 4-6.

Season tickets for the Wildcats’ 13-match home schedule are available for as low as $2.50 per match. Tickets can be purchased today by visiting, calling 1-800-221-CATS (4487), or stopping by the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum.