PELLA—The Central College volleyball team has received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, continuing an unprecedented 19-year streak of earning the national honor.
It’s the most consecutive years any Division III college has been recognized. Central has been cited 20 times overall. To receive the AVCA distinction, a team’s combined grade point average (GPA) for the preceding year must be 3.30 or higher (4.0 scale). The program is in its 27th year and Central is among 175 Division III schools cited.
Central had eight players earn academic all-Iowa Conference recognition last fall, which requires a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA. That group included Chapel Carter (grad., Coronado Springs, Colo./Coronado HS), Brooke Caves (senior, Oskaloosa), Courtney Comstock (senior, Hedrick, Pekin HS), Jenna Decker (sophomore, Geneseo, Ill.), Erin Dilger (senior, Tinley Park, Ill., Lincoln Way-North), DaLana Kron (junior, West Branch) and Hannah Tripp (junior, Eldora, South Hardin HS).
“To have the record for the most consecutive academic awards is something to really be proud of,” coach Jeanne Czipri said. “It’s a testament to the coaches who preceded me and certainly to Central’s players. It shows that you can win at a high level and still have a great academic experience, study abroad and be involved in other campus activities. That’s what I love about Division III and Central does it as well as any school I’ve ever seen.