Valparaiso University Sports Update, July 27, 2016

By: Valparaiso University Last Updated: July 27, 2016

VU-Crusaders-Place-Pair-on-NABC-Honors-CourtCrusaders Place Pair on NABC Honors Court
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team was represented by a pair of players on the 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, as both Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) were honored for their work in the classroom.

To be named to the NABC Honors Court, players must be a junior or a senior academically, must have been enrolled at their current school for at least one full academic year and must carry at least a 3.20 GPA.

Peters closed the spring 2016 semester with a 3.417 cumulative GPA, while Adekoya owns a 3.330 cumulative GPA – both as sports management majors. Both Adekoya and Peters earned Horizon League Academic Honor Roll mention last year as well, along with graduate students Vashil Fernandez and E. Victor Nickerson, while Peters was also a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District V selection.

Crusaders Claim AVCA Team Academic Award
The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2015-16 academic year, as announced by the AVCA this week. It marks the 11th time in the last 13 seasons that the Crusaders have earned the award.

The honor is given to college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The nominating head coaches must be AVCA members. Valpo was one of 131 Division I programs to be so honored this season.

The Crusaders continued to be proficient in the classroom while also maintaining their on-court success during the 2015-16 season. On the court last year, Valpo won 27 matches, including a school-record nine consecutive wins to start the season, and advanced to the Horizon League championship match. The Crusaders have now won at least 20 matches in each of the last 14 seasons, including all 11 years they have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award, and own a 277-96 (.743) record in the 11 years in which the program has earned the academic honor from the AVCA.

Valparaiso was one of seven Horizon League institutions to earn the honor for the 2015-16 campaign.