BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second straight year the King College women's volleyball team has been awarded the annual American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. The Lady Tornado is one of 535 teams from teams of all divisions and one of 69 NCAA Division II teams to be honored with the award.
The award marks the second consecutive year the Lady Tornado have received the AVCA Team Academic Award. They have been recipients every year dating back to 2005-06 with the exception of 2009-10 when King was undergoing the transition phase into NCAA Division II. They have now received the honor a total of five times in the program's history.
King Women's Volleyball posted great success on and off of the courts having five recognized on the Conference Carolinas All-Academic team in November 2011 prior to the close of an impactful first year as a member of the league. The Lady Tornado helped King rank first among Conference Carolinas schools with total number of athletes on the Presidential Honor Roll in consecutive semesters, placing nine on the Fall 2011 list and 11 on the Spring 2012 list.
The Lady Tornado finished the 2011-12 season with a 23-13 overall record and finished second in the West Division with a 13-5 league ledger. They became the first King team to win a postseason contest since joining the NCAA Division II ranks with a dazzling come-from-behind 3-2 victory on the road against Mount Olive College in the first round of the conference tournament and placed three on this year's All-Conference teams.
The AVCA has once again surpassed a new high for number of teams recognized with 535 teams in 2011-12, eclipsing last year's mark by more than 50 teams from all divisions of NCAA, NAIA, NCCAA, two-year colleges, and high school boys and girls teams.
The AVCA Team Academic Award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display excellence in the classroom during the previous school year. Teams must maintain 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.