Men’s volleyball teams excel in academic ratings, avoid NCAA sanctions

For the second consecutive year, no college men’s volleyball teams will receive NCAA sanctions for poor academic performance.

All but two NCAA Division I men’s volleyball teams scored at least a 950 out of a possible 1,000 points on the latest Academic Progress Rate that the NCAA released Tuesday.

The APR measures a team’s academic scholastic performance during a four-year period based on the retention and eligibility of each athlete on scholarship. Teams with less than 925 score have the potential to receive NCAA penalties ranging from losing scholarships to a reduction in practice time.


Three schools, each from one of the three conference with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, finished with a perfect 1,000 score on the new APR — including the MIVA champions and NCAA semifinalists Loyola. In addition, Stanford from the MPSF and Sacred Heart from the EIVA each repeated a perfect 1,000 score.

Along with Loyola, seven other schools — UCLA, USC, Penn State, Pacific, George Mason, Princeton and George — improved their APR scores from the previous year. Pacific made the biggest improvement jumping 16 points to a 974 rating.

This the second time in the last five years that a men’s volleyball has not received NCAA sanctions for a poor APR performance.

Rutgers-Newark had a 901 APR score — the only men’s volleyball team finish below the 925 threshold. However, the NCAA this year did not penalize the school, which is in the process of transitioning to Division III, after penalizing the Scarlet Raiders two of the latest three years with scholarship reductions for APR scores below 900.

T-1. Loyola — 1,000
T-1. Sacred Heart — 1,000
T-1. Stanford — 1,000
4. Pepperdine — 991
5. Harvard — 989
6. St. Francis — 988
T-7. Ohio State — 987
T-7. Long Beach State — 987
9. Cal State Northridge — 984
10. UCLA — 983
11. Ball State — 982
T-12. USC — 981
T-12. Penn State — 981
14. IPFW — 976
15. Pacific — 974
16. UC Irvine — 970
17. UC Santa Barbara — 969
18. George Mason — 962
19. BYU — 958
T-20. Princeton — 952
T-20. NJIT — 952
22. Hawai’i — 949
23. Rutgers-Newark — 901