Illinois State Men's Tennis Honored by NCAA for Academics
Cris James
Cris James

May 12, 2010

NORMAL, Ill. - For the second-consecutive season, the Illinois State men's tennis team has been recognized for an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score among the top-10 percent of all men's tennis teams in the country, as announced by the NCAA Wednesday.

Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR, and for the second-straight year the Redbird men's tennis team is among the elite group. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.

The men's tennis team set an ISU athletics department record for a men's team with a 3.48 GPA in the spring semester of 2009 and followed that up with another team GPA of more than 3.0 last fall. Xavier Riart-Ferrer and Filip Miljevic earned Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team honors last month while also leading Illinois State to the Valley's regular-season title. Illinois State head coach Cris James was named the MVC Coach of the Year and Timon Reichelt earned MVC Co-Player of the Year honors. In all, Illinois State earned eight conference awards for their athletic efforts.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

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