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Women's Tennis, Beach Volleyball Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

Women's Tennis, Beach Volleyball Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards Women's Tennis, Beach Volleyball Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards
Kristopher Love | 17 May, 2018, 01:53

The Purdue women's golf and volleyball teams have received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) among the top 10 percent of their sports.

Of the 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament, Gonzaga men's basketball was one of 13 to receive the award.

"We're very proud that four of our programs received the Public Recognition Award from the NCAA", Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos said.

The other Duke programs recognized were men's and women's fencing, men's and women's soccer, field hockey, men's golf, women's lacrosse, women's cross country, women's tennis and volleyball. This year marks the second straight in which the women's tennis program finished with an April above 1,000 and received a Public Recognition Award. Seven national championship teams so far this year have earned Public Recognition Awards.

Women's tennis leads all Nittany Lion squads with 12 NCAA Public Recognition Awards. The nine recognitions for women's golf is a program record. It provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.

Women's Tennis became the seventh Razorback program to earn distinction from the NCAA as part of the APR Public Recognition Awards.

The APR measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes.

Penn State, No. 2 in the 2018 final Winter Learfield Directors' Cup standings, has one of the nation's most comprehensive and successful athletic programs, featuring 800 student-athletes across 31 varsity programs (16 men's, 15 women's).

Villanova is one of just four Division I schools to have 18 or more teams recognized in Wednesday's announcement and is the only school to have over 80 percent of its programs earn a public recognition award.

This is the 13th year that Academic Progress Rate (APR) data has been collected for Division I schools.

A school record 26 teams and 520 Nittany Lion student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average during the 2017 fall semester, including a record 253 who earned Dean's List recognition for having a 3.5 GPA.