AVCA Team Academic Award Winners for 2018-19
LEXINGTON, Ky. - North Dakota State University was listed among the record-breaking 1,125 volleyball teams that received the 2018-19 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. NDSU received the award for the seventh consecutive year and the 19th time overall. North Dakota State is scheduled to open the 2019 season against host Toledo at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 30, at the University of Toledo's Blue & Gold Tournament. The NDSU home opener is 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, against Cal in the NDSU Classic at the Bentson Bunker Field House. North Dakota State finished the 2018 season with a 9-20 record including 6-10 in the Summit League. The Bison reached the Summit League tournament semifinals for the ninth time in 11 trips and became the first No. 6-seed to advance since the league went to six teams in 2013. NDSU returns all but one starter and 10 returning players including Summit League all-tournament pick libero/defensive specialist and all-freshman team selection setter . 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.