May 24, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With 11 of 12 Lady Vols over the 3.0 mark, the Tennessee volleyball team recorded its sixth consecutive semester with at least a 3.30 overall team grade-point average (GPA) this spring, finishing the 2012-13 academic year with a department-best 3.58 GPA.
"We're proud of our players' consistent pursuit of excellence in their academics," said head coach Rob Patrick. "I'm also very proud of the team's efforts in recording a 3.30 GPA for the sixth straight semester. We have created a culture in our program that allows our athletes to achieve academic and athletic excellence and I'm proud to see our student-athletes embrace that standard."
Tennessee, which under Patrick leads the Southeastern Conference with 115 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll accolades since 1997, is also the only team in the league to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award the past two years. With a 3.30 GPA this fall and the 3.58 mark in the spring, the Lady Vols are in line for the award once again.
In addition, the Lady Vols have recorded a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher for 11 consecutive semesters.
The volleyball team was one of 10 Tennessee athletic teams to post a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the Spring 2013 semester. The average GPA for all UT student-athletes was 3.05, the highest since sport-by-sport GPA data became available in 2003.