MEDFORD - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced on Monday the teams that have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2017-2018 season and head coach Cora Thompson's Jumbos are one of them.
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.
This is the second straight year that Tufts has earned this honor. The Jumbos' current cumulative grade point average is an outstanding 3.52.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while amassing a 619-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 973.
Coach Cora Thompson directed the Jumbos to their second straight 10-0 season in NESCAC this fall. Tufts earned the #1 seed and hosted the conference championship. The Jumbos finished as the NESCAC runner-up, then earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. Tufts advanced to the Regional semi-finals before ending their season with a 23-7 record.