Virginia Union University's women's bowling team has been recognized by the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) for its excellence in the classroom.
The team recorded a team grade point average of 3.500, which puts VUU 13th on the list of programs honored by the NTCA.
Each season the NTCA recognizes NCAA bowling teams that excel academically. To be recognized, programs must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.2 or higher for the academic year. For the 2017-18 academic school year, a record breaking 39 bowling programs achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.2 or higher.
Four members of the Lady Panthers were honored individually. To be recognized, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher for the academic school year. This year there was 268 honorees representing NCAA bowling programs from 55 schools. This is a record for both individuals and schools since the inception of the award in 2006.
Raeleen Brown, a senior from Newport News, Va., who is majoring in Biology, recorded a 3.4 GPA while Kenya McLeod, a sophomore from Blythwood, N.C., who is majoring in Biology, recorded a 3.4 GPA.
Deja Overby, a junior from Midlothian, Va., who is majoring in Psychology, recorded a 3.9 GPA while Aasiaonnia Thomas, a sophomore from Mineral, Va., majoring in Computer Information Systems, recorded a 3.9 GPA as well.