The volleyball teams at Mount Airy and East Surry high schools aren’t just winners on the court.
For the third consecutive year, the Lady Bears’ volleyball team was awarded the Academic Achievement award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Joining them on the list of award-winning schools for a second consecutive season were their conference rivals from down the road at East Surry High School.
The Lady Bears and Lady Cardinals were two of only 20 high school women’s volleyball teams in North Carolina recognized by the AVCA for their academic excellence. To receive this award, which was first introduced in the 1992-93 academic year, the team must achieve a 3.3 GPA for the entire year that they played, not just for the semester that the volleyball season falls in.The accumulative GPA is for any player that even dressed out for a varsity match during that season.
“I am extremely proud that our young ladies have demonstrated unequivocally that they are students first when being described as ‘Student Athletes,’” said Mount Airy head coach Chuck Morris. “I must also recognize our neighbors from East Surry High School, as they have receved this award as well, this for the second year in a row. I have searched the list and to my best knowledge, the Northwest 1A was the only conference that had two teams represented with this award.”
The two schools have dominated the league both on and off the court all three seasons, finishing 1-2 in the conference standings while winning the AVCA award five times between them.
Only 973 teams nationwide, including college teams at all levels of competition and high school teams, earned the honor in 2017-18, which was a new record. A total of 358 of the 973 were women’s high school teams.
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