PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville placed a school-record nine teams on the NAIA Scholar-Teams list, announced on Wednesday by officials from the national office.
Last year’s record-setting mark of six didn’t last long as the Bears had five women’s programs and four men’s tally the needed accolades for the national academic honor.
Women’s tennis led the way, posting a 3.48 grade-point average over the 2014-15 academic year. It was followed closely by men’s tennis at 3.47 and women’s soccer with a 3.31 mark. Other top averages include softball (3.24), men’s cross country (3.23), men’s soccer (3.15), women’s golf (3.08), baseball (3.05) and volleyball (3.00).
For a team to be considered, it must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale as defined by the institution. The team GPA includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.
Among Mid-South Conference schools, UPIKE is tied for fourth with Shawnee State (Ohio). Campbellsville is the national and MSC leader with 18 scholar-teams, Lindsey Wilson is second with 15 and Cumberland (Tenn.) rounds out the top three with 10.