USD & SDSU Volleyball News

LEXINGTON, KY ( & – The University of South Dakota volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2021-22 season. South Dakota is one of 212 Division I schools to make the list and one of 1,208 total teams to be honored.

The award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

This marks the eighth-straight year that the Coyotes have earned the honor and the ninth recognition overall.

“I am so proud of this program for continuing to keep academics a priority each year,” head coach Leanne Williamson said. “These student athletes have worked so hard to excel in every area of life, so it is always incredible to see their hard work pay off. It takes each one of our student athletes to earn this award, so it is truly something that they have earned together!”

The Coyotes sported a 3.64 team GPA during the season, which helped boost them into the top 20% of Division I schools.

South Dakota State volleyball was one of more than 1,200 programs nationwide to earn the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2021-22 season.
The Jackrabbits were honored for the fourth straight season and 11th time overall.
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.

South Dakota State volleyball will take on Chicago State September 6 at the Sanford Pentagon. SDSU is coming off a 19-12 season, completing the conference regular season with a 10-8 record. The Jackrabbits made their first appearance in the Summit League postseason in more than 10 seasons and reached the semifinals of the tournament. SDSU returns six seniors including All-Summit League First Team performer, Crystal Burk. Dan Georgalas enters his third season as head coach. The Jackrabbits last played on Heritage Court on Sept. 29, 2019.

Chicago State will visit the Sanford Pentagon for the first time in program history. The Cougars finished last season with a 17-11 record. They played in the program’s first-ever national post-season match, a loss to Bradley in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.