May 7, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The NCAA has recognized the UAB women’s tennis team with a Public Recognition Award for its achievements with the Academic Progress Rate (APR) during the 2012-13 season.
It marks the fifth consecutive year the Blazers’ women’s tennis program has been honored by the NCAA for this accomplishment.
Each year, the NCAA cites selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The Blazers excelled in the classroom during the 2012-13 season. During last year’s spring semester, UAB had eight players earn a 3.0 GPA or better while four players earned a perfect 4.0. As a team, the squad boasted a 3.76 team GPA.
Rachel Daniell and Caroline Faught each earned the Conference USA Academic Medal, which honors student-athletes who boast a 3.75 GPA or higher. Meanwhile, Daniell was one of five players to place on the C-USA All-Academic Team.
UAB finished with a 12-8 overall record in 2012-13. UAB also made great progress on the court under first-year head coach Mark Tjia in 2013-14. The Blazers picked up their first Conference USA Tournament win since 2005 with a 4-2 victory against UTEP on April 16. The Blazers, who finished with a 9-15 overall record, also downed a ranked opponent for the first time since 2007 when the squad defeated No. 67 Northwestern State, 4-3, on Feb. 9.