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Women's Basketball, Volleyball Teams Honored for Academics

Aug. 19, 2010 1:54 PM | Updated: Sep. 30th, 2010 3:02 PM
Two women's athletic teams at Valley City State University (VCSU) were recently recognized for academic excellence during the 2009-2010 academic year by their respective national associations.

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) named the Viking Women's Basketball team to the 2009-10 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. This award, given to teams in the NAIA and NCAA, and Junior College/Community Colleges, awards teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the entire season. The GPA of VCSU's Women's Basketball team was 3.688 on a 4.0 scale, second nationally in the NAIA and third in the entire WBCA.

In addition, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced recently that the Viking Volleyball team was recognized with the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2009-2010 season. The award 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.

Dr. Steve Shirley, president of VCSU, said, "We are very proud of the tradition of academic success in the athletic programs at VCSU. We recruit young people that epitomize the term student-athlete and they take seriously the responsibility for their academic effort. Our philosophy is to encourage our student-athletes to achieve both on and off the court, and we expect that they give their best effort in all that they do."

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.
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