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LakePoint, Ga. - A total of five Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Beach Volleyball teams were honored earlier this week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as Team Academic Award recipients for the 2016-17 academic year. A total of 19 beach teams were recognized.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate 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.
Florida International, which reached its first-ever CCSA Championship Final in the sand this season, posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.379 in 2016-17 to land the AVCA Team Academic Award. They were joined by Georgia State, LSU, UNC Wilmington and South Carolina.
This year's recognition marked the third consecutive honor for Georgia State and South Carolina, while LSU was honored for the second-straight season. FIU and UNC Wilmington are first time recipients.
In total the AVCA honored a record 822 teams among all collegiate and high school levels. That breaks the all-time record set last season at 764.