Many congratulations to the Lady Bears of Washington University (Missouri) on their 3-2 win (30-25, 23-30, 30-22, 28-30, 15-13) over Wisconsin-Whitewater in the DIII Volleyball Championship. This is their ninth championship, leading all DIII programs, and the second for head coach Rich Luenemann. Junior outside hitter Alli Alberts was named the tournament MVP, and senior outside hitter Haleigh Spencer and junior setter Audra Janak were named to the all-tournament team.
Washington, a non-scholarship DIII school, does not post graduation data for its athletes, but the school posts an overall 91% graduation rate, as compared to 53% for beaten finalist Wisconsin-Whitewater. Beaten semi-finalists Juniata and Wittenberg post graduation rates of 76% and 67% respectively. But high academic standards are incompatible with on-field success. Right?