For the seventh year in a row, the MIT men’s and women’s volleyball teams qualified for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. Elmira College and Vassar College, fellow league foes for the men in the United Volleyball Conference, were the only other Division III double-honorees. Harvard and Stanford accomplished this feat at the Division I level and rounded out the contingent of men’s award winners.
The college ranks produced 306 programs that met the requirements, including 93 among Division III women's teams. Other New England institutions that joined MIT on the list included Bowdoin College, Elms College, Emerson College, Endicott College, Johnson & Wales University, Middlebury College, Roger Williams University, Springfield College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Western New England University.
Initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, this award honors collegiate and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 mark on a 5.0 scale.