Wirlen Elame led the tennis team in GPA, paving the way for APR success

June 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —Every May, the NCAA recognizes the top 10 percent of teams with the highest Academic Progress Rate (APR), a team-based metric that takes into account eligibility and retention of that team’s student-athletes in every semester. Throughout its history, the Hawks have had four different teams earn a top 10 percentage distinction, and the majority of those distinctions belong to the tennis team. In 2014, the men’s tennis earned the NCAA Public Recognition again, joining four other Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) schools.

“I would like to congratulate the five member institutions for receiving the highest level of academic recognition by the NCAA in their respective sports,” MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas said.  “This award is shared with the institutions’ student-athletes, coaches, administrators, academic staffs and parents, who all work together to reach the ultimate collegiate goal of earning a degree.  We celebrate these institutions and their achievements and are proud to highlight their continued quest of educating student-athletes for the game of life.”

Since the APR was instituted, the Hawks’ tennis teams have earned five of the school’s nine total NCAA distinctions. The women’s team has earned three Top 10 recognitions, with the honor coming during the 2004-05 academic year and running three years through 2006-07. As for men’s tennis, they have earned the accolade more recently in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. Other teams who have earned the Top 10 percentage distinction include the men’s golf and women’s bowling teams who each have two.

Tennis will resume play next spring in March 2015. 



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