By Brad Blume, Sports Information Director
LEXINGTON, Ken. --- For the fourth consecutive year, the South Dakota School of Mines women's volleyball program has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 season.
"We are very honored to be awarded the 2011-2012 AVCA Team Academic Award for the fourth year in a row," said Lady Hardrocker volleyball head coach Tiffany McCampbell. "I am very proud of each of our distinguished young ladies in this program for truly committing to placing academics first at South Dakota Mines."
The award 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.
The SD Mines volleyball team had its second-best ever year of competition in 2011 posting a 27-5 record, going 11-0 against all NCAA Div. II competition and earning a 7-1 home record. The Lady Hardrockers hope to keep that momentum heading into the 2012 season. SDM's first match will be Aug. 30 in Fayette, Iowa.