BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's volleyball team was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the six straight year when the organization announced their annual Team Academic Award recipients. The AVCA Team Academic Award honors collegiate and high school teams that maintain at least a 3.30 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
The Tornado posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.70 for the 2015-16 season, and were one of four King teams to have a GPA better than 3.5. King was led by numerous student-athletes that carried better than a 3.8 GPA. Sarah Collins and Megan Morelock both posted 4.0 GPA's while Angela Boudavong came in at 3.96. First team All-Conference Carolinas performer Lauren Willoughby was also named the Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year, marking the third straight year King has won that award for women's volleyball.
King earned their second straight Conference Carolinas North Division championship in 2015, which also marked their third straight Conference Carolinas title after splitting the championship with Belmont Abbey College in 2013. King has earned the award in every season since 2005-06, except for the 2009-10 season when King was not affiliated with either the NCAA or NAIA.
For the second consecutive year, the number of teams to earn the AVCA Team Academic Award increased, setting a new record with 762 teams. King was one of 119 NCAA Division II women's programs to earn the distinction and one of four Conference Carolinas schools as they were joined by Barton College, Limestone College and North Greenville University.