April 13, 2016
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In addition to finding continued success on the court, the Purdue volleyball and women’s tennis teams received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting a multi-year academic progress rate among the top 10 percent of their respective sports. Volleyball is receiving the award for the11th-straight season, making them one of just 110 teams across NCAA sports to be honored each year of the program’s existence, while women’s tennis is garnering its second consecutive honor.
The Purdue volleyball team also claims elite status on the court as one of only 12 Division I teams to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 four times in the last six years. The Boilermakers ended the 2015 season with a 23-10 record, finished fifth in the Big Ten and advanced to the NCAA Second Round.
Senior Annie Drews earned AVCA All-America second team honors, while redshirt junior Faye Adelaja and sophomore Danielle Cuttino garnered honorable mention accolade. The trio also earned AVCA All-Region honors, marking the first time three Purdue players had done so in program history. Drews also was a first team All-Big Ten selection, while Adelaja garnered honorable mention accolades. In the classroom, eight Boilermakers received Academic All-Big Ten acclaim.
The women’s tennis team capped its 2014-15 season with its fourth consecutive NCAA berth, including a 14-9 overall record and 6-5 mark against Big Ten competition. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum was named to the All-Big Ten team, while Krisztina Kapitany earned the Ohio Valley Region’s ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award and Daniela Vidal was tabbed as the region’s ITA Most Improved Player (Senior) of the Year.
The APR, now in its 11th year, measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most-recent APR scores are multi-year rates – or a rolling four-year average – based on the scores from the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.