WKU Volleyball, Tennis Earn Top 10-Percent APR Honors for Second-Straight Year

Travis Hudson's team has received a Public Recognition Award each of the program's 11 years.
April 13, 2016 BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – For the second year in a row, the WKU volleyball and tennis programs were honored by the NCAA for having a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score in the top 10 percent nationally in the sport through the 2014-15 academic year.

It marks the 11th-straight year the Lady Topper Volleyball program has ranked in the top 10 percent nationally, and WKU has now had multiple programs honored in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2004-05. WKU’s women’s volleyball team is one of only 110 teams across the country to earn a Public Recognition Award in each of the 11 years of the program.

“I want to compliment Travis Hudson and Jonatan Berhane for the way their teams perform competitively and in the classroom,” said Director of Athletics Todd Stewart. “As head coaches, they truly take the term ‘student-athlete’ to heart, and their student-athletes deserve a lot of credit for the hard work they put in to be in the top 10-percent of all programs in the nation.”

The APR provides a real-time look at a program'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.

The programs recognized Wednesday posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. The full APR report will be released on April 20.

A total of 111 WKU student-athletes have graduated in the past calendar year, with 79 earning their degrees in May 2015 and 32 in December 2015. The average cumulative GPA of the 111 was 3.03. On Tuesday, 155 WKU student-athletes were recognized by Conference USA for their academic performance of maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2015-16 academic year.