UAB Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

Senior Bethanie Thomas was named to the 2013 C-USA All-Academic Team.
Aug. 4, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 season, announced on Monday.

The Blazers finished the 2013-14 academic season with a 3.432 GPA and senior Bethanie Thomas, who was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team, finished with a 4.0 in engineering this past year.

UAB also placed 12 players on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes with GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the pride that our student-athletes take in their performance in the classroom, especially since most of these young ladies are two-sport athletes,” said head coach Kerry Messersmith. “It is difficult to perform at a high level when you are involved in one sport, but to excel at a high level academically while practicing and competing both semesters is remarkable. Couple this with their achievements on the court and in the community, you have a very special group of young women.”  

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, 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 or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. 

UAB was among 134 Division I schools to receive the award and was one of five Conference USA schools to pick up the award, joining Marshall, Rice, North Texas and UTSA.

The Blazers will open the 2014 season at home with the UAB/Samford Touranment Friday, Aug. 29. UAB will host Southeastern Louisiana at 10 a.m. CT and Michigan State at 7 p.m. CT in Bartow Arena.