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Volleyball brings home academic award for second straight year

August 1st, 2019

Volleyball team in Thresher Gym

Hard work in the classroom has earned the volleyball team an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Academic Award for 2018-19.

This is the second consecutive year the Threshers have received this distinction.

The award, which was started in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale.

“Being a student-athlete at Bethel College is a privilege, and this team has embraced the true meaning of being a student first,” said Stacy Middleton, head coach.

“With half of the team being underclassmen, and coming in and taking their education so seriously, makes us all proud,” she continued.

“This is such a high honor for these young women and they deserve this award for all their hard work, commitment and dedication to the school and to our volleyball program.”

The AVCA breaks up the Team Academic Award based on collegiate divisions (NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, and so on).

Bethel was one of 51 NAIA institutions to receive the award this season, and one of six from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Bethel College, a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887, is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel is the only Kansas private college listed in Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section for 2018-19. For more information, see

In sports, Bethel competes within the 13-school KCAC, and the NAIA. For more information, see

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