CSUN Men's Volleyball, Women's Cross Country Receive NCAA Public Recognition

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - A pair of CSUN athletic programs received NCAA Public Recognition for Academic Progress Rate in 2012-13. Based on their most recent multi-year APR, Matador men's volleyball and women's cross country both are in the top 10 percent of their sport.

"We are very proud of the academic achievements of both our men's volleyball and women's cross country teams," said CSUN Director of Athletics Dr. Brandon E. Martin. "As an athletic program we continue to strive for comprehensive excellence both in the classroom and on the playing field."

APRs for all Division I teams were released May 14. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

The 1,049 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 631 women's teams and 418 men's or mixed squads. In 2013, 976 teams were recognized.

The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top 10 teams earning a perfect APR.

The CSUN men's volleyball and CSUN women's cross country squads both received a perfect 1,000 APR score. 2012-13 marked the first-ever recognition for men's volleyball while women's cross country has been recognized six times.

"One of the most important things in our program is that we're successful in the classroom and the APR is a reflection of that," said CSUN men's volleyball coach Jeff Campbell. "We spend a lot of time emphasizing the importance of getting your degree and doing well academically. We've come close many times but this is the first time in my career that we received an APR of 1,000 and we're very proud of that."

The CSUN cross country programs have a long history of being honored by the NCAA. The Matador women's cross country program has now been recognized by the NCAA six times including the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. The Matador men's cross country team was honored in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 for being in the top 10 percent of their sport.

"To have sustained a record of continued academic success is one of the most important gauges in athletics," said CSUN cross country coach Avery Anderson. "While winning games and contests are important, nothing is more important than consistently achieving excellence. I am so proud of the culture that exists within our program of achieving academic excellence."

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