NORFOLK, Va. – After its victory in the Capital Classic on Sunday, the Norfolk State bowling team moved up to 11th in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) top-20 poll, released Sunday. The ranking marks the highest in history for the Spartan bowling program.
The Spartans were 13th in the previous coaches poll, which had stood as their best ranking.
NSU garnered 237 points in the poll, finishing ahead of No. 12 New Jersey City, which had 221 points. Fairleigh Dickinson moved into the No. 1 spot with 21 of 27 first place votes, followed by No. 2 Sacred Heart and No. 3 Valparaiso.
The Spartans own a 16-4 record in conference play, four games ahead of second-place Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M. NSU will aim for its third Southern Division title in four years with the last MEAC Southern Divisional tournament March 3-4.
Only No. 5 UMES was ranked higher than the Spartans among MEAC schools. Delaware State, at No. 13, is the only other MEAC school in the poll.