(RMC Athletics release)
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced this week that 973 teams – including Rocky Mountain College – have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2017-2018 season. This number breaks the previous year’s total of 835 to set an all-time high.
This is the 12th straight year that Rocky has received the AVCA Team Academic Award. The Battlin’ Bears were one of only 49 NAIA programs to receive the prestigious award.
As a team, Rocky earned a 3.50 grade-point average (GPA). Nine Battlin’ Bears received the Frontier Conference Academic award, and Ruby Kallenbach was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Ten Bears who contributed to the award held over a 3.50 GPA and two of those had 4.0 for the year.
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 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
The Battlin’ Bears open 2018 fall camp Saturday, August 2. They will open the 2018 season in Fullerton, California at the Hope International Summer Slam on August 15-16. Their opponents on the first day include No. 5 Westmont and No. 7 College of Idaho. Rocky’s first appearance in the Fortin Education Center is against the Battlin’ Bears Alumni on September 8