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Bethel College volleyball honored for academic achievement

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named the Bethel College Threshers as one of the recipients of the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award for 2005-06.

Bethel College was one of 21 NAIA schools and one of only two schools in the KCAC (with Southwestern College in Winfield) to receive the award.

“This is the third time we have been honored with this award,” said head volleyball coach Chad Schilling. “Our team GPA this past year was 3.44.”

The award, initiated during the 1992-93 academic year, honors college and high school teams that display excellence in the classroom 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 during the school year. Nominating head coaches must be AVCA members. Each school will receive a plaque and each player a certificate commemorating the designation.

Recipients of the award range from NCAA Division I institutions to high school girls’ and boys’ teams. The college ranks produced 155 programs that met the requirements for the award in 2005-06.

“The Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award is what being a student-athlete is all about,” said AVCA executive director Kathy DeBoer. “The AVCA is privileged to once again be able to [recognize] these schools for their excellence in the classroom. We congratulate the student-athletes, coaches and school personnel for achieving this honor and upholding the delicate balance between academics and athletics.”

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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