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 the 10th straight season, while women's tennis is garnering its first honor.
The Purdue volleyball team also claims elite status on the court as one of only nine Division I teams to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 four of the last five years. The Boilers ended the 2014 season with a 22-10 record and sixth place finish in the Big Ten, but were left out of the NCAA Tournament field for just the second time since 2004.
Senior Val Nichol and junior Annie Drews earned AVCA All-America honorable mention accolades as well as AVCA All-Region and All-Big Ten honors. In the classroom, five 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 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.