SUMMIT, NJ - For the third time in the past four years, the Summit Girls Varsity Volleyball Team achieved its most important goal, securing the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. In addition, the 2018-19 squad was also recognized for reaching their Dig Pink® fundraising goal.

As the AVCA explained in this year's press release, “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. Girls high school led the way with 444 recipients, an increase of 86 over last year."

American Volleyball Coaches Association Executive Director Kathy DeBoer said, "Excellence doesn't happen by accident, either on the court or in the classroom. 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."

Additionally, schools that reached their Dig Pink® fundraising goals through the Side-Out Foundation will continue to be honored. Dig Pink® is a nationwide movement to provide meaningful and impactful experiences for athletes while inspiring and empowering them to come together in support of the stage IV breast cancer community. Each year, hundreds of teams across the country (and some overseas) participate in the Dig Pink® Rally.