TAMPA, MAY 8, 2014 – Three USF athletic teams, including the conference champion men’s and women’s tennis teams, have received a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for earning high scores in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation. The three teams all earned APR scores in the top 10 percent nationally for their respective sport during the 2012-13 academic year.
The three USF squads recognized by the NCAA are: women's golf, men's tennis and women's tennis. Both tennis programs claimed American Athletic Conference tournament titles in April while the women’s golf program won a Big East title in 2012.
USF has earned 19 Public Recognition Awards overall garnered by eight different programs in the nine years of the program that began in 2004-05.
The Bulls women's tennis team earned its fourth straight NCAA Public Recognition Award under head coach Agustin Moreno. The Bulls, led by American Conference Player of the Year and 2014 graduate Loreto Alonso-Martinez, are currently riding a program-record 15-match winning streak as they head into NCAA Tournament competition Friday vs. Oklahoma State in Gainesville, Fla. It will mark the program’s 11th NCAA appearance and sixth under Moreno.
Coach Matt Hill’s men’s tennis team was honored with an NCAA Public Recognition Award for the second consecutive year. Hill was named the American Conference Coach of the Year and sophomore Roberto Cid the American Conference Player of the year as the Bulls won an American Conference title and climbed to the No. 22 ranking in the nation, the highest in program history. The Bulls will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009 on Saturday when they face Florida State in opening round action in Gainesville, Fla.
Coach Marci Kornegay’s women's golf team earned their fourth overall Public Recognition Award and second in the last three years. Freshman Ashley Burke earned American All-Conference honors this season for the program that won a Big East title in 2012.
The aggregate 2012-13 Academic Progress Rate data for all NCAA Division I institutions will be announced later this month.
The NCAA's APR is designed to track the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship at a particular institution. It accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation to provide a measure of each team's academic performance.USF had 55 student-athletes earn their degrees during spring commencement ceremonies last weekend, including 12 graduating with honors.