OLLU earns most NAIA Scholar Team awards in school history

Fifteen teams at OLLU earned National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Team recognition for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Last season, the Saints had 12 teams earn this honor.

OLLU’s NAIA Scholar Teams in 2020-2021 are Women’s Tennis, Soccer, Golf, Cross-Country, Volleyball, Dance, Basketball, Softball and Track and Field; and Men’s Tennis, Golf, Soccer, Cross-Country, Baseball and Track and Field

OLLU’s 2019-2020 NAIA Scholar Teams were Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Cross-Country and Softball; Men’s Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Cross-Country and Baseball.

The 2018-2019 NAIA Scholar Teams were Women’s Cross-Country, Soccer, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Volleyball; Men’s Baseball, Golf and, Tennis. In 2017-2018, 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.

Women’s Soccer had the highest GPA at 3.574, and the team was led by Rachel Dziuba, Sarah Miles, Tess Pitcher and Baye Polansky – all of whom had a 4.0 GPA. This is the team’s seventh consecutive scholar award.

Other women’s team winners:

  • Tennis (two) – 3.60 (Brisa Gonzales – 4.0) – team’s first scholar award
  • Golf (three) – 3.49 – team’s first scholar award
  • Cross-Country – 3.41 (Peyton Lammons, Kimber Watson – 4.0) – team’s fifth consecutive award
  • Volleyball – 3.23 (Sadie Ballesteros, Savannah Cassiano, Anna Sujo Hernandez – 4.0) – team’s sixth consecutive award
  • Dance – 3.23 – team’s first consecutive award
  • Basketball – 3.14 – team’s second consecutive award
  • Softball – 3.14 ( Katelyn Esparza – 4.0) – team’s sixth consecutive award
  • Track and Field – 3.09 – team’s third consecutive award

Men’s team winners:

  • Tennis – 3.57 (Sebastian Rodriguez – 4.0) – team’s fifth consecutive award
  • Golf – 3.40 – team’s sixth consecutive award
  • Cross-Country – 3.23 – team’s second consecutive award
  • Soccer – 3.27 ( Bernard Alvarenga, Jack Parker, Patrick Pye – 4.0) – team’s fourth award
  • Baseball – 3.10 (Jose Diaz, Matthew Klar – 4.0) – team’s fourth consecutive award
  • Track and Field – 3.05 – team’s first award