Women's Bowling Tabbed 11th in NTCA Preseason Coaches Poll

Women's Bowling Tabbed 11th in NTCA Preseason Coaches Poll

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart Pioneers women's bowling team was ranked No. 11 in the nation by the National Tenpin Coaches Association in the 2018-19 Preseason Poll as announced by the association this week.

The Pioneers open the season ranked 11th after concluding the season at No. 12. Two‐time National Champion, Vanderbilt University, enters the 2019‐20 season ranked No.1, followed by McKendree University at two and defending champions Stephen F. Austin come in at No. 3.

SHU is one of six NEC teams ranked in the top 25, as Fairleigh Dickinson was tabbed ninth. St. Francis (Pa.) followed behind Sacred Heart at 16, Duquesne was ranked at 20th, Mount St. Mary's at 21st and LIU rounded out the NEC in 24th.

Sacred Heart opens the season on Saturday, Oct. 19, when the Pioneers host the SHU Bowl for the Cure in East Haven, Conn.

NTCA Preseason Poll

1. Vanderbilt University

2. McKendree University

3. Stephen F. Austin State University 

4. University of Nebraska

5. Sam Houston State University

6. Arkansas State University

7. University of Maryland Eastern Shore

8. North Carolina A&T

9. Fairleigh Dickinson University

10. University of Wisconsin

11. Sacred Heart University 

12. University of Central Missouri

13. Lincoln Memorial University

14. Tulane University, New Orleans

15. Delaware State University

16. St. Francis University

17. Louisiana Tech University

18. Maryville University

19. University of Alabama Birmingham

20. Duquesne University

21. Mount Saint Mary's University

22. Adelphi University, Garden City

23. Youngstown State

24. LIU Brooklyn

25. Monmouth University