LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lewis-Clark State Volleyball team earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the third time in program history, announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Monday. Of the three years LC has earned the distinction, two have come under current head coach Shaun Pohlman.
As a team, LC State had a GPA of 3.31 after a 3.41 mark in the fall and 3.20 in spring. The Warriors had four student-athletes, Carli Berntson, Tori Edwards, Channa Hart and Jess Ruffing, earn perfect 4.0 GPAs during the 2021-22 school year. More than 65 percent of the team earned at least a 3.2, and more than 40 percent earned at least a 3.5. More than half of the team was named to LC State’s Honor Roll each semester.
“This is such a tough award to earn so I am proud of our team,” Pohlman said. “So much effort goes into reaching an academic status like this and to do it consistently. It takes a lot of check-ins, progress reports, communication and, most importantly, hard work and discipline to study and learn by our student-athletes while balancing court time.”
This is the seventh time in Pohlman’s career that he has had a team earn the AVCA’s academic award.
“I feel lucky to be here at LC where there is a such a strong pride in athletics and there is a great willingness to help all students,” Pohlman said. “I want to thank LC’s faculty and staff for helping our student-athletes in their pursuits towards achieving their academic goals.”
In order for a team to earn the 2022 USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award, the entire team must achieve a minimum team cumulative GPA of 3.30.
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