Women's Tennis recognized by NCAA for APR marks
BATON ROUGE - Southern women's tennis is among 954 teams recognized by the NCAA Thursday for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate.
The NCAA annually honors teams earning multiyear Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
"We've had a lot of great academic teams in the past and today signifies that hard work paying off," said head coach Jeff Conyers. "Being honored by the NCAA with this award is a major accomplishment for the Jaguar tennis program."
"It's definitely a great honor."
Widely respected for both their athletic and academic prowess, women's tennis bolstered a 1000 APR score during the 2010-11 academic year. The Lady Jaguars also claimed the 2011 SWAC Tennis Championship during the 2010-11 term.
"We concentrate, within the athletics department and the Jaguar tennis program, on brining in a solid student-athlete who is not only trying to win championships on the tennis court, but excell in the classroom," said Conyers.
The Lady Jaguars 2010-11 APR cohort included Lois Alexis, Lisbeth Castaneda, Kathryn Curtis, Jovanna Gaines, Carlista Mohammed, and Demetria Woods.
"These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in an official release
"The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete."
Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced June 20.