Loyola, Stanford earn NCAA honor for academic success

The two-time defending NCAA champions excelled not only on the court but in the classroom.

Loyola was one of two college men’s volleyball teams to receive the annual NCAA Public Recognition Award that were announced Wednesday.



Along with Loyola, Stanford received the national academic honor based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate.

The APR is a NCAA formula that measures a team’s academic performance during a four-year period based on retention and eligibility of scholarship student-athletes. To be eligible for the Public Recognition Award, a team’s APR score had to be within the top 10 percent for their sport.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Stanford has received the Public Recognition Award. In addition, Loyola has won the academic award the last three years.

The Ramblers earlier this month became the third program in the last 20 years to repeat as NCAA champions. The team also had 13 players make the 2015 MIVA All-Academic Team.

Stanford a year removed from reaching the NCAA Tournament finals finished last season in ninth place in the MPSF.

More than 1,100 teams from all the NCAA sports were publicly recognized for their academic success this year.