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August 1, 2017 > Volleyball team claims academic award

Volleyball team claims academic award

Submitted By Steve Connolly

For the second straight year, the Cal State East Bay volleyball team has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.

The Hayward team is one of 822 squads across the nation and 118 women's programs at the Division II level to claim the honor, which recognizes collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average.

The 2016-17 Pioneers posted a 3.38 collective GPA for the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. They were one of just three teams in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) to earn the Team Academic award, joining Stanislaus State and San Francisco State.

This honor caps off an impressive 2016-17 season for Pioneer Volleyball in the classroom, during which the team boasted eight CCAA All-Academic honorees and one recipient of the CoSIDA Academic All-District award. Cal State East Bay also turned in its most successful year on the court since 2011 last fall, and qualified for the CCAA tournament for the first time in program history.

With nearly the entire 2016 core returning, including all four All-CCAA honorees, the Pioneers are looking to improve again during 2017. The start of the new season is just over a month away, as Cal State East Bay opens its schedule by hosting the annual Route 92 Showdown, which runs Sept. 1-2 at Pioneer Gymnasium on the universityÕs hillside campus in Hayward.

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