PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 24, 2011) – The Rutgers tennis team posted a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 1,000 for the 2009-10 season, as the Scarlet Knights maintain an unblemished multiyear mark. The women’s tennis team was one of four RU programs to post a perfect APR over the past four seasons.
“The APR is a good indicator of the stability in our program and I am proud that we have maintained a perfect score for the fourth-straight year,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “We have set a high standard with the academic culture within our program and we value those qualities. This is a great credit to the players.”
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
Rutgers tennis built upon its strong foundation in 2011, finishing the season with 16-6 overall record, including an 8-3 mark in BIG EAST play. The Scarlet Knights earned a berth in the BIG EAST Championship for the sixth-consecutive year, sweeping West Virginia 4-0 before falling to DePaul, 4-2. The conference named a Rutgers athlete to the All-BIG EAST Team for the third-straight season.
The Scarlet Knights were also recognized by the ITA for their work in the classroom, receiving the 2010 Division I All-Academic Team award. Seven RU tennis players earned individual ITA Scholar-Athlete honors, tied for the most in NCAA Division I. Individually, Amy Zhang (Plano, Texas) earned multiple prestigious academic awards, including being named a Gates Cambridge Scholar – one of 90 selections worldwide.