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By Trevor Lininger, NAIA Athletics Communications and Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 1,658 teams that have earned the distinction for Scholar-Teams for the 2016-17 academic year. Arizona Christian’s women’s cross country team, Indiana Tech’s women’s golf team and Midland’s (Neb.) women’s volleyball team all tied for an NAIA-best combined 3.90 grade point average this year. The three teams have been selected to share the title of Scholar-Team of the Year.

Alice Lloyd College saw three of their squads receive this honor. Leading the way for the Eagles was the women’s tennis team with an impressive 3.49 GPA. They were followed by women’s basketball with a 3.19 and women’s cross country with a 3.05.

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.