SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State athletics continued its strong showing in the classroom as Hornet student-athletes are now averaging an overall grade point average of 2.98, the highest GPA for the department since the program joined the Div. I ranks in 1991-92.

In addition, Sacramento State student-athletes combined for a 2.89 GPA during the spring semester, which was the third consecutive semester to see an increased GPA for the athletics department.

In total, 214 (48 percent) of Sacramento State’s student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the spring semester. That included 11 athletes with a 4.0 term GPA, 71 athletes that ranged between a 3.50 and 3.99 GPA, and 132 athletes that posted between a 3.00 and 3.49 GPA. Moreover, 97 percent of the program’s Spring 2010 student-athletes were in “good standing” based on campus policy.

“We’re very excited about the progress our student-athletes continue to make in the classroom,” Sacramento State Director of Athletics Terry Wanless said. “It has been a long-term goal to have an overall department GPA of 3.0 or higher, and I’m happy we are closing in on that mark.

“Our coaches continually challenge our student-athletes to excel, not only on the playing field, but in the classroom. The rising GPA is a part of our student-athletes’ maturity, and a part of what this University means to our department and community.”

Led by the volleyball team’s spring GPA of 3.39, five of the school’s 20 intercollegiate teams earned an average GPA of better than 3.0, and eight teams earned at least a 2.90. Other sports posting a 3.0 or better were gymnastics (3.27), women’s basketball (3.23), men’s tennis (3.18) and women’s rowing (3.07).

Some of the other team GPA’s included the men’s cross country squad (2.98), women’s soccer (2.95), women’s tennis (2.93), football (2.82) and men’s basketball (2.76). The football squad’s mark is the team’s highest term GPA in school history.

Sacramento State kicks off the 2010-11 athletics schedule on Friday, Aug. 20, when the women’s soccer team hosts UC Davis at 5 p.m. The men’s soccer and volleyball squads also begin their season in August while football and cross country kick off in September.