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Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award


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Aug. 9, 2013

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women's volleyball team was one of just two Big 12 schools to earn the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2012-13, marking the 10th time in the last 12 years that the Wildcats have received the prestigious team honor.

To earn the award, teams must maintain a cumulative team GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale during the academic year, taking into account only the GPA's of student-athletes who see action on the court during the season. This past year, a total of eight Wildcats earned Academic All-Big 12 recognition, while the team compiled a 3.358 cumulative GPA. K-State joined Iowa State as the only two league institutions to be named to the list.

"We maintain a strong emphasis on academic success as a program, and I am extremely proud of our team for earning this recognition," head coach Suzie Fritz said. "Our student-athletes take great pride in doing well in the classroom, and we appreciate their commitment to being not only great volleyball players but also model students." The Wildcats, fresh off their World University Games appearance in Russia, return four starters and 10 letterwinners from a squad that posted a 21-9 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in Fritz's 12 seasons as coach. Players report for training camp today before preparations for the 2013 campaign begin Saturday.

Season tickets for the 13-match home schedule are currently on sale through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office and can be purchased a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at Bramlage Coliseum. A Wildcat 4 Pack can be purchased for just $120, which includes four general admission bench tickets to every home match. Single-match tickets go on sale Monday, August 19.

The Wildcats open the 2013 season on August 30 against Portland in the first of three matches at the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. The home season begins on Friday, September 6 with the K-State Invitational at Ahearn Field House.