Bronco Volleyball honored by AVCA for academics

BOISE, Idaho – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and United States Marine Corps (USMC) announced Monday that the Boise State volleyball team has earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2020-21 season. The Broncos recorded a 3.377 team GPA and are one of 242 NCAA Division I schools to earn the award. 

The award is given on an annual basis to programs based on the team’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) for a single year. This is the third-straight year and fourth time in the last five that the Broncos have earned this accolade. Boise State was one of seven Mountain West schools honored by the AVCA.

The AVCA 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.

This honors builds upon the Broncos’ individual accolades received last week from the Mountain West Conference. Fourteen members of the 2020-21 squad were named Academic All-MW, those honored include: Jolei Akima, Danielle Boss, Olivia (Bradley) Wright, Allison Casillas, Jessica Donahue, Shae Duffy, Ashley Hayden, Jordi Holdaway, Elena Howe, Chey Jones, Annie Kaminski, Kiley Lewis, Lauren Ohlinger and Alyssa Wissinger.

In addition, seven Broncos were named MW Scholar-Athletes for maintaining an cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, that list included: Akima, Casillas, Hayden, Howe, Jones, Ohlinger and Wissinger.


About the United States Marine Corps

Service in the Marine Corps is a noble path and demanding journey reserved for those with the willingness to engage and the determination to exceed all mental, moral and physical requirements to become Marines.

The Marine Corps engages in national partnerships that provide valuable opportunities to spread public awareness of the Marine Corps’ purpose by connecting the brand to those communities it serves. The relationships established between the Corps and our nation’s athletic communities ensure our message of aspirational service resonates with coaches, athletes and their influencers.

The United States Marine Corp partnership with AVCA has been developed to engage with key publics that are integral to meeting recruiting objectives. The United States Marine Corps looks forward to building enduring relationships with the AVCA member community and lending our support to those coaches and athletic facilitators who help young Americans win battles every day.


About AVCA

The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of over 8,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at