BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball team was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the first time when the organization announced their annual Team Academic Award recipients. The AVCA Team Academic Award honors collegiate and high school teams that maintain at least a 3.30 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
The Tornado posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.35 for the 2017-18 season. King had six student-athletes post a GPA better than 3.5, including Mason McCrury who posted a 4.0 GPA. Ryan DeLong and Chandler Christy were both named academic All-Conference.
King won a share of their second straight Conference Carolinas regular season title while winning their first Conference Carolinas Tournament championship. The Tornado advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time, falling at two-time defending national champion Ohio State University.
There were 973 teams that earned the AVCA Team Academic Award, setting a new record. King was one of 24 collegiate men's programs to earn the distinction and one of three Conference Carolinas schools as they were joined by Belmont Abbey College, and the University of Mount Olive.