Volleyball named to AVCA Team Academic Award list
Head coach Shaun Kupferberg
Head coach Shaun Kupferberg
The JU volleyball team joined a list distinguished list of Dolphin programs which not only succeed in competition but also in the classroom as the squad was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) with its AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2008-09 season.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display 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).

JU, which ended the year with a 3.53 GPA to earn its first recognition, was one of 409 teams to earn the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2008-2009 season, which surpassed the previous record of 354 (2007-08).

“We're very proud of our accomplishments on the court, but this award shows the character of our student-athletes and highlights what is really important in our program,” said JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “With a team a GPA of 3.62 during the spring semester, we set a new goal for us to top in the fall. Each year we have gotten better on the court and in the classroom, we expect nothing less in the upcoming year.”

JU ended the 2008 season with the program’s first 20-win season since 1988 and its lowest loss total in the Division I era (10). Kupferberg has also seen his win total increase in his three seasons at the helm of the program (17, 19, 20).