ARLINGTON, Texas - For the second time in three years, the Maverick women's tennis team was honored for its success off the court as it was recognized by the NCAA with an Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award.
The Mavericks were one of 23 teams in the Sun Belt recognized by the NCAA with the award honoring the top 10 percent of teams in their respective sport. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. The UTA women featured a perfect 1,000 APR over the last four seasons, while holding a team GPA of 3.427 through Fall 2016. and were led by Valeria Lopez with a 3.78.
"We are very proud of our student-athletes receiving this award. It is a very prestigious award that we really appreciate," UTA coach Diego Benitez said. "We are student-athletes in that order. The work that they do in academics is going to stay with them forever, and the fact that they combine both the high level of athletics with the high level of academics shows their passion and commitment for doing the best in every field.
"We are very honored and very proud of every single one of them. It is a collective effort and everyone has to produced to receive the award. Hopefully we can continue with this type of excellence."
Six Sun Belt institutions - Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia State, ULM, South Alabama, and Texas State - had three teams honored. Troy had two teams recognized while Georgia Southern, Louisiana, and UTA each had one team listed.
The previous Sun Belt record for teams earning the honor was 14 - a total that was tallied each of the last two years.
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 10.