June 11, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee's Academic Progress Rates (APR) were announced on Tuesday and the volleyball team was one of nine UT teams to post a 2011-12 APR of 1000. In addition, the volleyball team boasts a multi-year APR score of 995.
The Academic Progress Rate, now in its ninth year, measures the eligibility and retention of scholarship student-athletes competing on every Division I athletics team, measuring progress toward degree while also serving as a predictor of graduation success. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the most recent four-year period, encompassing the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 academic years.
The Lady Vols were just one of three SEC volleyball teams to post a perfect APR of 1000 for the 2011-12 academic year. In terms of the multi-year score, Tennessee’s 995 is tied for second in the conference.
Academics have always been at the forefront of the Tennessee volleyball program. During the 2012-13 academic year, which is not reflected in this APR score, the Lady Vols finished the spring semester with a department-best 3.58 grade-point average (GPA). With 11 of 12 Lady Vols over the 3.0 mark, the volleyball team recorded its sixth consecutive semester with at least a 3.30 overall team GPA. In addition, the Lady Vols have recorded a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher for 11 consecutive semesters.
Tennessee, which under head coach Rob Patrick leads the league with 115 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll accolades since 1997, is also the only team in the league to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award the past two years. With a 3.30 GPA this fall and the 3.58 mark in the spring, the Lady Vols are in line for the award once again.