Jan. 5, 2009


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HACKENSACK, NJ – Vanderbilt University of Nashville, TN, which has won all three events it has entered this season, was ranked as the No. 1 NCAA team by the National Tenpins Coaches Association in group’s second national poll of the season. The NTCA will conduct five national polls during the 2008-09 NCAA bowling season.

The VU Commodores, who own a nation leading 36-5 (0.878 winning percentage) match record including their last 16 straight, won tournament championships at the 12-team FDU Fright Knight Invite in Elmwood Park, NJ; the 20-team UMES Hawk Classic in Millsboro, DE; and the 19-team St. Paul’s Invitational in Richmond, VA since the start of the season. Vanderbilt received 18 out of a possible 20 first place votes in the poll.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was ranked second by NTCA membership. The Huskers have topped the standings sheet at all three events they have entered, as well. Nebraska (30-9, 0.769) was first at the five-team UWW Warhawk Classic in Fort Atkinson, WI; the nine-team MSU Maverick Challenge in Chicago, IL; and the nine-team JSU Capital City Classic in Jackson, MS.

Moving up four notches to the No. 3 ranking was Fairleigh Dickinson University of Teaneck, NJ. The Knights have won their last 19 matches, improving their season mark to 41-7 (0.854). FDU, which owns a share of first place in the Northeast Conference standings, finished second at the Fright Knight Invite, fifth at the Hawks Classic, and fourth at the St. Paul’s Invitational this Fall.

Making a bigger jump in the poll was Delaware State University. The Hornets flew up five spots in the poll and landed on an all-time program best No. 4 ranking. DSU (46-15, 0.754) is tied for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and ended in third place at the Fright Knight Invite and fourth place in the Hawk Classic during their 2008-09 campaign.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore of Princess Anne, MD, the 2008 NCAA National Champions, slipped to the No. 5 ranking. UMES (46-15, 0.754)  lead Ranked fourth was the University of Central Missouri of Warrensburg, MO, which has qualified for the NCAA national championship tournament for five straight seasons. The Jennies began their season by winning team championship at the ASU Central Region Fall Jamboree in Jonesboro, AR this past weekend. UCM won nine of ten matches at the event, including a come-from-behind victory against the host school in the final and decisive match of the tournament.

Arkansas State University of Jonesboro, AR, last season’s national championship runner-up, was ranked as the No. 5 team in the nation. The Red Wolves hosted the Central Region Fall Jamboree to open their season. A-State went 8-2 and took second place in the six-team, two-day event. 

The second division of the Top-10 started with No. 6 ranked Sacred Heart University of Fairfield, CT. The Pioneers have been national tournament qualifiers four of the five past seasons. Fairleigh Dickinson University of Teaneck, NJ followed as the seventh ranked team. The Knights play host to the 12-team Fright Knight Invite this upcoming weekend in Elmwood Park, NJ.

New Jersey City University of Jersey City, NJ was next, ranked eighth. The Gothic Knights are one of four programs to qualify to all five NCAA national championship tournaments. The ninth ranked squad was Delaware State University of Dover, DE. The Hornets’ 2007-08 season was their most successful in program history and now look to be a national championship tournament qualifiers this season. SHU, NJCU, and DSU will all join FDU and get their 2008-09 competitive season started at the Fright Knight Invite.

Rounding out the top 10 was Minnesota State University-Mankato. The Mavericks, a national championship qualifier the past two seasons, will open their season in Fort Atkins, WI during the second weekend in November.