The team, coached by Steve Bailey, posted a perfect 1,000 score to place in the top 10 percent of the multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) for their sport. They were among a record 23 Ohio Valley Conference teams recognized and the only one from JSU. A total of 976 teams from 268 Division I schools were recognized.
APR is a measurement a team's academic success by tracking eligibility, retention and graduation. While grade point average is not part of the APR formula, the women's tennis team's GPA for the just-completed academic year was 3.48, third-best among JSU teams.
The complete APR report for all Division I sports, which will include teams receiving immediate and historical penalties for low performance, will be released Tuesday. JSU officials, while avoiding comment specifically on their APR number, said they expected a positive report. The JSU men’s basketball team is looking to shake a series of scores that produced its postseason ban last season.