The women's volleyball team, which owned a 27-7 record and advanced to the semifinals of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament, had four student-athletes selected to the NEWMAC All-Academic Team. Springfield had the most representation on the academic team out of any other team in the conference as Chelsea Barnicle, Meaghan Hart, Heather Lively, and Kimberly Plummer all were individual academic recognition.
Other than Springfield, MIT was the only other NEWMAC institution to earn the academic honor from the AVCA.
The AVCA academic award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom. To be honored a team must maintain 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 during the previous academic year.
The Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. The program has increased by over 300% in the last 10 years and by 79% in the past three years alone. This year’s 450 total recipients surpasses all previous totals, including last year’s 409 teams honored.
There were 119 first-time recipients of the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2009-10. NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II each saw 15 new teams achieve the honor, while NCAA Division III welcomed 17 newcomers. Thirteen NAIA teams, two NCCAA teams and two Two-Year Colleges garnered recognition for the first time, while 55 high school teams (51 girls' teams and four boys' teams) received their first AVCA Team Academic nod.