BALTIMORE, Md.-- After winning both tournaments it entered in the second half, Fairleigh Dickinson University received 20 out of a possible 24 first-place votes and regained the top spot in the National Tenpins Coaches Association national poll.

The FDU Knights (71-15, .826), who were the preseason  No. 1 ranked team and the second-ranked team in previous national poll, have been hot in the second half. FDU won tournament titles at the 28-team Kutztown Invitational in Reading, Pa. and the 15-team DSU Capital City Classic in Dover, winning 31 of its last 37 matches.

Ranked second was the University of Maryland Eastern Shore UMES (73-25) competed in four three-day events during the first five weeks of the second half. The Hawks, who collected three first-place votes, finished fourth at the 14-team Mid-Winter Classic in Cabot, Ark; fourth at the 10-team Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.; second at the Kutztown Invitational; and third at the DSU Capital City Classic.

Central Missouri is ranked third. The Jennies (47-18), who garnered one first-place vote, have begun the second half just like they ended the first. UCM closed out the first half in Midlothian, Va. with the Jeannette Lee Invitational championship. Since then, the Jennies have placed second at the Mid-Winter Classic and won the Big Red Invitational championship.

Nebraska is ranked fourth. After winning the only two events they entered during the first half of the season, the Huskers (35-10) are returning to action this weekend after a fifth-place finish at the Mid-Winter Classic and a third-place finish at the Big Red Invitational.

Vanderbilt moved up seven places to fifth. Following an uncharacteristic first half, the Commodores (50-30) have turned their season around. It began by winning the tournament championship at the Mid-Winter Classic. Vanderbilt has since followed that up with second-place finishes at the Big Red Invitational and the DSU Capital City Classic, as well as a third-place finish at the Kutztown Invitational.

Arkansas State (43-16) was ranked sixth. Moving up to seventh was New Jersey City University (61-25) of Jersey City. Kutztown University is eighth (67-20). Sacred Heart University (51-22) is ninth, and Sam Houston State University is 10th.

National Tenpins Coaches Association Poll
Rank School Season Record First-place votes Points Previous
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1 Fairleigh Dickinson 71 – 15 20 695 2
2 Maryland Eastern Shore 73 – 25 3 616 1
3 Central Missouri 47 – 18 1 578 4
4. Nebraska 35 – 10 0 554 3
5 Vanderbilt 50 – 30 0 488 12