COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team earned a second consecutive Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association as noted in the July 21 AVCA release.

The award, 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.

In Division I, 71 schools were honored for the 2008-09 season, with Ohio State the only Big Ten school on the list.

“Our mission is to develop a program that is elite in the classroom, on the volleyball court and in the community,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “We are really proud to be the only Big Ten team to earn this national academic award.”

Last season, the Buckeyes had nine student-athletes named Academic All-Big Ten and 10 players named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes. Buckeye Chelsea Noble earned additional honors as she was named to the ESPN The Magazine District IV Academic All-American second team.

Ohio State opens the 2009 season with four matches at the William & Mary Tournament Aug. 28-29.