LEXINGTON, Ky.- The Dartmouth women's volleyball team was one of 535 teams nationwide that earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 season it was announced on Friday (July 20).

The Big Green volleyball team was one of five Ivy League squads to earn the honor. Brown, Columbia, Harvard and Yale join Dartmouth in earning the academic honor for the 2011-12 season.  Dartmouth earns the honor for the second time in the last three years, also claiming the award during the 2009-10 season.

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 Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but one, while amassing an overall 200% increase over the span of the last decade.  Since the award's inception in 1993, the award has risen by an astounding 760%. NCAA Division I recorded their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 103 programs while Division II easily surpassed last year's record of 57 winners with 69 this year. 

The Dartmouth volleyball team opens the 2012 campaign on Friday Aug. 31 when it travels to Storrs, Conn., for the UConn Toyota Classic Tournament. The Big Green takes on host, UConn, on Friday and will face Michigan State and Fairfield on Saturday, Sept. 1.

For a complete listing of the 2011-12 honorees click HERE.