July 20, 2022

Paul VI was awarded this outstanding award for the 8th consecutive year. In addition, we earned the Top 20% Honor for not only winning the basic award but to be in the Top 20% of high schools who did win the basic award. Incredible accomplishment by our Varsity players who have truly earned the title of Student-Athletes.

We want to thank the Marines and AVCA for sponsoring these awards! We would also like to congratulate our fellow WCAC colleagues, Good Counsel and O’Connell, for being honored as well. We not only compete with them on the court but also in the classroom – bring it on!

The formal news release is below:

LEXINGTON, KY (July 18, 2022) — The United States Marine Corps and the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced today that more than 1,200 collegiate and high school volleyball teams have earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award this season. The award, initiated in the 1992–93 academic year, honors volleyball teams that maintain a year-long grade-point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or 4.1 on a 5.0 scale.

“Academic achievement does not happen by accident,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. “I’m so proud of the hundreds of coaching staffs that make excellence in the classroom a priority.”

The girls teams at Jonesboro High School (Jonesboro, Arkansas) and Ross S. Sterling High School (Baytown, Texas) head the list of 2021–22 honorees in this anniversary year. They are the only two schools to earn the award in each of the 30 years of the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award’s existence.

Two colleges, Stanford University (Division I) and Stevenson University (Division III), hit the trifecta, as their women’s, men’s, and beach teams all are being honored. Girls high school again has the most winners by category, with 425 teams making the grade. Women’s collegiate beach set a record with 54 teams receiving the honor this season.

This year’s academic award was earned by eight women’s teams that also won national collegiate championships on the court and in the sand during the 2021–22 season:

University of Wisconsin (NCAA Division I)
University of Tampa (NCAA Division II)
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (NCAA Division III)
Iowa Western Community College (NJCAA Division I)
Columbia International University (NCCAA Division I)
University of Southern California (NCAA Beach)
Colorado Mesa University (AVCA Small College Beach – Division II)
Stevenson University (AVCA Small College Beach – Division III)

Additional Resources for USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award:


About the United States Marine Corps
Our long-standing partner, the United States Marine Corps, extends its support to our nation’s coaches and educators. Just as you make every effort to help your student-athletes succeed, the Marine Corps strives to help every Marine reach his or her potential. Whether engaging a local Marine to work with your athletes or recognizing high-achieving students, with your support as an influencer we will work together to ensure the success of our youth and the future of our nation. For more information about the Marine Influencer Program, or to invite a Marine to spend time with your team, please email or visit

About the AVCA
The AVCA, an educationally based nonprofit headquartered in Lexington, KY, is the largest and most diverse volleyball coaches’ association in the world. With a broad mandate to develop the sport, the AVCA provides leadership, recognition, advocacy, and professional development opportunities to over 8,000 volleyball coaches. Members include college, high school, club, and youth coaches, and well as a wide variety of product and service providers. Further information is available at

AVCA Contact:
Alice Rogers
AVCA Membership and Awards Specialist

December 17, 2020

Rachel Jacobs Commits To Muhlenburg

Rachel will be continuing her volleyball careeer as a member of the Muhlenburg College volleyball program. The “Mules” are a Division III school that plays in the Centenial Conference – home to the 2019 Division III National Champion Johns Hopkins. Rachel has been an integral member of the PVI volleyball program for 4 years both on/off the court.

2020 has been disappointing so far but Rachel is looking forward to finishing out her PVI career on a positive note sometime during the spring of 2021. Rachel is a versatile player who can, and has, played multiple front row positions during her high school career. She is projected to be a right side player at Muhlenburg.

We will all miss Rachel’s upbeat attitude and her obvious love of the sport. She has worked extremely hard to get this opportunity. She has also played club volleyball for many years and most recently played under the tutelage of Coach Brooke Stanley from the Virgina Volleyball Academy. Coach Stanley is herself a PVI volleyball alumni having been a 4-year varsity player and ending her career being selected a 1st-Team All-WCAC middle!

We all wish Rachel the absolute best at Muhlenburg – her best to yet to come.