Recent Brandeis University graduate Noah Berman of Palo Alto has been named to the 2015 University Athletic Association Presidents Council Scholar-Athlete Team.
The team comprises 92 student-athletes representing all eight UAA member institutions across 12 men's sports and 10 women's sports. This select group of scholar-athletes represents approximately 42 percent of the eligible All-Association first-team honorees for 2014-15.
To achieve this recognition, a student-athlete must earn first-team All-Association honors and must carry a 3.50 or greater cumulative grade- point average during that playing season.
Berman, a graduate of Palo Alto High, was a member of the Brandeis fencing team. He tied for the Judges' top finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional championships -- in lieu of an All-UAA honor -- was an NCAA Championship qualifier as a junior. He graduated with a 3.53 GPA and a degree in sociology and minors in business and French and Franocophone studies.
Berman has just begun his first post-college job at Reebok headquarters in Canton Mass., where he is doing social media brand marketing.
The 2015 Stanford indoor and beach volleyball teams were among the 146 Division I women's teams and six college beach teams, respectively, to be recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday as a recipient of the AVCA Team Academic Award.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining 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.
Over the past five years, Cardinal women's volleyball players have been recognized with Pac-12 academic awards 29 times. In 2015, six Stanford players garnered Pac-12 academic honors, including junior Jordan Burgess who was also a Capital One/CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American.
Stanford is one of two Division I programs in the history of the AVCA team award to have attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in both earning the AVCA Team Academic Award and winning a national championship in the same academic year. The Cardinal became the first program to accomplish the feat during the 2001-02 school year.
In 2014-15, the indoor team was one of three Pac-12 school to obtain the award, joining Arizona State and Oregon State. Stanford and ASU's sand teams also represented the conference, which will officially add beach volleyball as a Pac-12 sport in 2015-16.