June 14, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The NCAA recognized the UAB women's tennis program Thursday with one of its Public Recognition Awards for the third year in a row as the Blazers continued to maintain a high Academic Progress Rate (APR) mark.
The awards are based on multi-year APR scores and go to teams whose scores rank in the top 10 percent of their sports. A total of 954 teams across all sports were recognized this year based on APR scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
Teams receiving the award this year had APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000. A total of 560 women's teams and 394 men's or mixed teams earned the distinction.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
The UAB women's tennis team, which also earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award in each of the previous two seasons, was one of 20 Conference USA programs to be recognized this year. Of those 20, seven were women's tennis teams.
The 2011-12 academic year was another strong one for the Blazer women's tennis team with seven players being named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.