WHITEWATER, Wis. ---The Red Wolves of Arkansas State received 26-1st place votes to put them on top of the first official NTCA (National Tenpin Coaches Association) Poll of the 2016-17 NCAA Bowling Season. Arkansas State (29-8) has had an impressive start to the season with a tournament victory at the Warhawk Classic as well as two other top three finishes. Sam Houston State University (28-9) has also put together a strong fall campaign, headlined by two tournament victories; the Wildcat Invite and Track Kat Klash.
University of Nebraska Lincoln (25-12) and Stephen F. Austin State University (28-11) both dropped a few spots from their pre-season rankings. McKendree University (19-4) bumped up one spot to No. 4, after posting a perfect 10-0 record and tournament victory at the Crusader Classic.
Vanderbilt University (16-11), Fairleigh Dickinson University (27-10), and University of Central Missouri (9-4) round out the top eight. For the first time in school history, Monmouth University (18-6) has cracked the NTCA top 10 at No. 9. Finishing out the top ten is University of Maryland Eastern Shore (12-8).
The next NTCA Coaches Poll will be released Feb. 1 due to a short break in the NCAA Bowling season.