The Eastern Kentucky University men's and women's golf teams recently received a prestigious NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Award.

It is the fourth-straight year the women's golf team received the award.

The teams were two of 36 sports teams from across the Ohio Valley Conference to be recognized.

"I want to congratulate and thank the student-athletes from these two teams who worked as hard in the classroom as they did on the course," EKU Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller said. "Not only did these student-athletes perform well academically and athletically, they also showed dedication and passion for Eastern Kentucky University."

This specific award is given each year to teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top-10 percent of all squads in each sport. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.

EKU was one of 133 women's golf teams and one of 100 men's golf teams in the country to be honored.

EKU volleyball announces 2019 schedule

Eastern Kentucky University volleyball coach Johnna Fouch has announced her team's 2019 schedule.

The Colonels will open the season in Charlotte, N.C., at the Charlotte Invitational on August 30 and 31. EKU takes on Kent State University, before playing host UNC-Charlotte and Gardner Webb.

The schedule is highlighted by a trip to Morgantown, W.Va., on Sept. 20 and 21 where EKU will participate in the Mountaineer Classic. The Colonels will take on the United States Naval Academy to start the event, followed by a doubleheader against host West Virginia and Duquesne University.

EKU travels to Bowling Green to take on in-state rival Western Kentucky University on Sept. 10 for the first time since 1998.

The Colonels open up the home portion of their schedule on Sept. 24 when Marshall University comes to McBrayer Arena.

EKU opens up conference play on Sept. 27 at home against Tennessee State at 6 p.m.

EKU wraps up the home portion of its schedule with a three-game stand against Jacksonville State, Tennessee Tech and in-state rival Morehead Stat in November.

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