Fairleigh Dickinson named No. 1
Knights just the third unanimous No. 1 in history of poll
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Fairleigh Dickinson, winner of the 2010 NCAA national championship, was ranked by the membership of the National Tenpins Coaches Association as the top ranked team for the second consecutive poll and third time this season. The NTCA conducts monthly polls during the regular NCAA bowling season, ranking the top 20 teams. This poll was the fourth of five polls scheduled for the 2010-11 season, and 27 members participated.
FDU is the third team to be unanimously ranked No. 1 by the NTCA, which started conducting national ranking polls in January 2004. Nebraska received the honor twice in back-to-back polls at the end of the 2005-06 season. Vanderbilt was honored in the first poll of the 2008-09 season.
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This season the FDU Knights (86-17, 0.835) have been on a tear since the beginning of the spring semester. During the last evaluation period, FDU won 15 of 17 matches, including the title match of the 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference Invitational in Elmwood Park, N.J. The Knights also clinched the regular-season title of the Northeast Conference by winning eight of nine matches during the final conference meet in Howell, N.J. It was FDU’s fifth team title of the season.
The remainder of the top 10 includes all of the same teams from the last poll. Holding onto second and third place were Maryland Eastern Shore and Central Missouri, respectively. Since the last poll, the UMES Hawks (91-28, 0.765) went 18-3, won the USBC Sectional championship in Euless, Texas last weekend, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season title in Millsboro, Del. the weekend before that, and finished second in the 19-team Morgan State Invitational in Perry Hall, Md. The UCM Jennies (57-21, 0.731) went 10-3 and finished second at the 12-team Holiday Collegiate Classic in Bessemer, Ala. in their only competition since the last poll.
The teams ranked in the next two spots traded places. Moving up to fourth place was Vanderbilt. The Commodores (71-34, 0.676) went 21-4, won their second tournament of the season in Bessemer and third in Perry Hall.
Nebraska is fifth. Despite winning the tournament championship in Perry Hall, the Huskers (52-17, 0.754) slipped a spot after an uncharacteristic eighth-place finish in Bessemer.
Moving up a rung to sixth places was New Jersey City University (83-33, 0.716). Moving up to seventh was Kutztown University (83-28, 0.748). Sliding down a couple of places to eighth was Arkansas State University (51-21, 0.708). Sam Houston State of Huntsville (59-29, 0.671) climbed to ninth and Sacred Heart (64-30, 0.681) fell to 10th.