The 2016 Case Western Reserve University volleyball team was selected as a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, based on the squad's outstanding grade point average during the 2016-17 academic year.
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 GPA on a 5.0 scale.
A total of 822 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 season, breaking the previous year's total of 762 to set an all-time high. 150 of the teams honored were NCAA Division III programs, the most honored among college divisions.
The Spartans finished the 2016 season with a 21-10 overall record, while posting a 2-5 mark in the University Athletic Association and finishing in sixth place at the UAA Championships.
Case Western Reserve will kick off its 2017 campaign on Friday, September 1st against Ohio Northern University, as part of the Ohio Northern Tournament.