(Ann Arbor, MI) The Concordia University Athletic Department had 14 programs named NAIA Scholar-Teams as the association announced the official list Tuesday.
Volleyball was the top Cardinals team with a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.52. The Men's tennis team earned a 3.34 which was the highest among male teams at Concordia. Other Cardinal teams to be recognized as NAIA Scholar-Teams were: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's golf, softball, women's cross country, women's golf, women's indoor track and field, women's lacrosse, women's outdoor track and field, women's soccer, women's tennis.
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 grade point average includes every varsity student-athlete certified as eligible and listed on any eligibility certificate submitted to conference/A.I.I/unaffiliated grouping eligibility chairs during this academic year. Fall and spring grades from the current year are to be used when calculating the team GPA.
St. Ambrose (Iowa) and Tabor (Kan.) lead the pack with 20 teams each making the list. Other WHAC teams that received NAIA honors included: Aquinas (18), Indiana Tech (18), Davenport (18), Lawrence Tech (15), Cornerstone (12), Lawrence Tech (15), Madonna (12), Lourdes (11), Siena Heights (9) and Michigan Dearborn (6). Cardinals baseball ranked first among WHAC teams with an overall GPA of 3.24.