Georgia State beach volleyball has been awarded the AVCA Team Academic Award, as announced by the organization earlier this week. GSU is one of only 23 beach volleyball programs to win the award.

The award, launched 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.

“I am so proud of the commitment to academics these student-athletes have displayed”, said coach Beth Van Fleet.

The Panthers delivered a phenomenal effort to finish the spring semester with a 3.68 GPA. GSU’s five freshmen led the way for the team, combining for a 3.96 GPA. Ashley Bauchert and Meagan McCall were named to the Dean’s List, while Mattie Johnson, Eden Hawes, and Rebekah Brodbeck all delivered a 4.0 or higher earning a spot on the President’s List.

Amie Held, Tiffany Creamer, and Georgia Johnson joined the three freshmen on the President’s List. Seven other Panthers earned academic honors, including six on the Dean’s List.

“This accomplishment is also a direct reflection of our academic staff”, said assistant coach Kirsten Gallagher continued. “I am extremely appreciative of the tutors, mentors, and advisors (Jesse Rappole) who help facilitate our student-athletes’ learning environment.”

The Georgia State court volleyball team was also honored with the award, making GSU one of only 13 schools to achieve the AVCA Team Academic Award in both beach and court volleyball.

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