KANSAS CITY, MO. (July 15, 2019) – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the teams that have earned the distinction for Scholar-Teams for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Eight teams from Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) qualified for this honor - the same amount as last year, which was a record.
OLLU's NAIA Scholar Teams are Women's Cross-Country, Soccer, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track and Volleyball; Men's Baseball, Golf, Tennis. (Note: Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Teams are counted separately.)
Last season, Women's Cross-Country, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, and Men's Baseball, Soccer and Tennis earned Scholar-Team recognition. In 2017, the Men's Golf and Tennis teams, and the Women's Soccer, Softball and Volleyball Teams earned this honor. In 2016, the Scholar Teams were Women's Soccer, Softball and Volleyball, and Men's Golf, and in 2015, Women's Soccer, Cross-Country, Softball and Track and Field, and Men's Golf were recipients.
For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0-grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.
The women's soccer team earned OLLU's highest GPA of 3.40. The squad consisted of 27 student-athletes; 12 earned GPAs of 3.0-3.45 and 10 marked GPAs of 3.5-3.9. Liliana Briseno marked a 4.0 GPA. This is the team's fifth Scholar Team award.
Volleyball earned its fourth consecutive Scholar Team award with a GPA of 3.150. Of the 14 team members, four marked GPAs of 3.5-3.9 and three earned GPAs of 3.0-3.49.
Women's cross-country earned its third Scholar Team award with a GPA of 3.310. Of the nine team members, three earned GPAs of 3.0-3.49 and five marked GPAs of 3.5-3.9.
Women's indoor track and field and outdoor track and field earned its first-ever GPA award with a 3.180. Of the 13 team members, four had GPAs of 3.5-3.9, and five earned 3.0-3.49 GPAs.
Of baseball's 36 members, six marked a GPA of 3.5-3.9 and 14 others captured GPAs of 3.0-3.48. The team recorded an overall GPA of 3.050.
Men's tennis secured their third consecutive award with a 3.290 GPA. Of the nine team members, Gabriel Braga marked a 4.0 GPA, while two others earned GPAs of 3.5-3.9 and three recorded GPAs of 3.0-3.49.
Men's golf got back on track this year after missing the GPA award last year with a 3.30 GPA. Of the seven team members, Raul Gutierrez earned a 4.0 GPA, while four earned GPAs of 3.0-3.49, and one earned a 3.834. Steve Landry marked a 4.0 GPA.
For more information on NAIA awards, including the Scholar-Team honor, click here.