Volleyball Honored with 10th-Consecutive AVCA Academic Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association has honored Southeast Missouri women's volleyball with the annual AVCA Academic Award. 2016-17 is the 10th consecutive year the Redhawks have earned the honor.
Southeast volleyball registered a 3.5 cumulative team GPA for the 2016-17 academic year.
"I am very proud of our student-athletes and their academic accomplishments," head coach Julie Yankus commented. "These women are extremely dedicated to their academic endeavors and they work hard in pursuit of their career goals. This is a well-deserved honor for our student-athletes."
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, 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 AVCA Team Academic Award, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 532 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 822.
In all, 10 of the 12 Ohio Valley Conference teams were recognized by the ACVA for efforts in the classroom last year.
Southeast is set to open the 2017 season Aug. 25 in New Orleans.


Truman Volleyball Announces 2017 Schedule
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Friday morning, ninth-year head coach, Ben Briney, and the Truman State University volleyball program announced their slate of matches for the 2017 campaign. The Bulldogs are coming off of their second Great Lakes Valley Conference title in three years and fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in five seasons.
As a whole, the schedule of 31 matches features 23 within the Midwest Region, 18 against GLVC foes, 12 true road matches, 10 dates inside the friendly confines of Pershing Arena, and nine neutral showdowns. It all begins on Sept. 1-2 when the Purple and White travel to Ashland for its tournament with four matches in two days against the likes of Lake Erie, Ashland, Pitt-Johnstown, and Urbana.
One week later on Sept. 8-9, Truman takes to the Sunshine State for Saint Leo's Tournament and four more matches vs. Sioux Falls, Nova Southeastern, West Texas A&M, and Saint Leo. After the conference opener at Bellarmine on Sept. 16, the Bulldogs will be away from home for the 10th match in a row, a non-conference affair at Missouri Western State on Sept. 19.
Next comes the home opener against rival Quincy on Sept. 22, which starts a streak of eight GLVC matches in a row. Taking a break from conference action, the Purple and White will make their annual trip to the Regional Crossover with three matches in two days on Oct. 13-14 in Aurora, Ill. at the Great Lakes Center. The opponents for those two days will be decided at a later date.
Then comes the season's home stretch, literally, which includes 10 matches, nine of which are within the GLVC, and seven of which are inside Pershing. That may be the most important stretch of the year for Truman as seven of its 10 total home showings will take place during that final span. Then, the postseason will open with the GLVC Tournament, which is set for Nov. 17-19 at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria, Ill.