St. Thomas is a repeat recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, this for 2017-18. Coach Thanh Pham's Tommies also made it into the top 25 of all 173 Division III honorees with a program-record 3.62 grade-point average for the past academic year.
It's the 12th time in the last 17 seasons that St. Thomas has been honored with the team academic award.
The Tommies are among just eight NCAA volleyball programs to make both the AVCA Academic top 25 and finish in the top 25 of the final 2017 national poll. They join Minnesota-Duluth, Rockhurst and Gannon in Division II, and Carthage, Ithaca, Johnson and Wales and Swarthmore in Division III. No Division I programs made both lists.
St. Thomas players have received Academic All-MIAC recognition 36 times over the last seven seasons. It also has won CoSIDA Academic All-America honors four times in that span, including a rare two 2014 honorees (Kelly Foley, Jill Greenfield).
In the last 17 seasons alone on the court, St. Thomas teams have compiled a 458-138 record. That includes Pham's 398-106 record since 2003. Pham guided St. Thomas to the 2012 national championship with a 40-1 record.
Tommie volleyball has won 14 of a possible 22 MIAC championships over the last 11 seasons: nine regular season, and five MIAC playoff titles. UST's 16 regular-season conference titles are twice as many won by the next program.
The 2018 season will be No. 23 in the MIAC for Pham, including his 16th season as head coach at St. Thomas, and he needs two victories to reach No. 400 here with St. Thomas.