SUMMIT, NJ - While they enjoyed success on the court last season, the 2015-16 Summit Girls Varsity Volleyball Team achieved their most important goal last year as they recently secured the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.

Only 260 high schools across the country earned the award -- only two of which were in New Jersey -- and Summit High School was one of them for the first time in program history.

According to the AVCA, “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.

"Excellence doesn't happen by accident, either on the court or in the classroom," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "It takes consistent preparation, relentless effort, and determined leadership. A full year of academic achievement, by an entire team of individual students, is a remarkable achievement. What better way to start a new season than with a celebration of an award so emblematic of all that is necessary for sustained success."
 
The Hilltopper Girls Varsity Volleyball Team included:
 
Sandra Balazar
Hannah Calabrese
Melina Campos
Emani Miles
Aila Poticano
Rauany Soares
Angela Scott
Samantha Auerbach
Amanda Fonseca
Grace Galuppo
Alana Gartenberg
Valerie Guzman
Gabriela Mejia
Jocelyn Mendez
Tabitha Meneses
Casey Nardion
Sterling Sidebottom
 
Antonio Martins - Head Coach