Herd athletic teams earn C-USA Academic Awards

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Marshall University’s swimming and diving and volleyball programs earned 2014-15 Conference USA Sport Academic Awards, the league announced last week.

The Sport Academic Award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest GPA for the academic year.

The accolades are a first for the Thundering Herd since its women’s soccer program received the award for the 2011-12 academic year.

Marshall’s volleyball program earned its first Sport Academic Award, while the swimming and diving program has won twice previously (2006-07, 2005-06).

Seven different Rice University teams recorded the highest GPA for their respective sports, while Marshall, Middle Tennessee and UAB produced two winners apiece.