#Seawolves earn first AVCA Team Academic Award

Gillie is a double major in anthropology and sociology
Aug. 5, 2014

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Lexington, Ky. – The Stony Brook volleyball team has been honored for its academic excellence with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for 2013-14. This is the first time the program has received the recognition.

The award, which was initiated during the 1992-93 academic year, recognizes 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 (GPA) on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. NCAA Division I produced their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 134 programs, and a record 676 total teams received the honor.

"My staff is really proud of the effort our student-athletes put in both in the court and in the classroom,” head coach Coley Pawlikowski said. “Academics is something that we have really focused on as a group. With the support of our academic staff at Stony Brook, the resources are in place for our athletes to excel in their studies. We are especially proud of our group for hitting this benchmark. This is not only is it a significant improvement and a collaborative effort; it shows our student-athletes are posting strong grades at a top-tier academic institution.”

The Seawolves recorded a 3.42 cumulative GPA in 2013-14 while also excelling on the court, finishing in a tie for second in the America East standings and reaching the conference tournament semifinals. U.S. News & World Report ranked Stony Brook University as one of the top 35 public universities.   

“As a team, we push each other in all aspects – on the court, in the weight room, in the community and especially in the classroom,” rising senior middle blocker Taylor Gillie said. “We realized that if we demanded focus and dedication from each other on the court, then we should expect the same thing for academics.”



“Our team collectively set our program’s GPA goal,” Pawlikowski said. “When we reviewed our goals and they were asked what they did to meet them, their responses reflected pride in their efforts.

“They informed us that they met as a team and on their own several times throughout each semester for grade check-ins, where they held one another accountable. They encouraged one another to utilize the provided additional tutoring and our academic advisor. Clare Faurote. That effort makes us incredibly proud to be among the 134 NCAA Division I institutions awarded the 2013-2014 AVCA Team Academic Award."   

Stony Brook opens the 2014 campaign at DePaul Aug. 29 and plays its home opener Sept. 9 vs. Fordham.