UMES Bowling retains no.14 slot in latest NTCA poll

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Courtesy of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — After starting off the 2024 calendar year with some tough competition, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore bowling team remains ranked No. 14 in the latest National Tenpins Coaches Association (NCTA) poll, as announced by the organization this morning. 

Jacksonville State remained atop the poll after winning three tournaments in January, including both the Stormin’ Blue and White Vegas Classic and Northeast Classic which the Hawks competed in. Youngstown State moved up one spot to second after finishing with a third and fourth-place finish at the Prairie View Invitational and Northeast Classic, respectively. Arkansas State had one of the bigger moves in the poll going from sixth to third. 

Fellow MEAC opponent North Carolina A&T moved up to fourth after finishing runner-up at the Northeast Classic. Vanderbilt rounds out the top five after dropping from second to fifth. The Commodores finished third in Vegas but finished eighth at both Northeast and Prairie View.

The Hawks remained solidly No. 14 after facing most of the top teams in both Vegas and Northeast. UMES finished fourth in Vegas, falling to Vanderbilt in the 3rd Place match, with Brooke Roberts earning a spot on the All-Tournament team. The Hawks had wins over Duquesne, Adelphi, Mount St. Mary’s, Oklahoma Christian, Stephen, F. Faustin, St. Anselm, Southern, Louisiana Tech, and a second win over Duquesne.

At the Northeast Classic, UMES picked up victories over Howard, Tulane, McKendree, Adelphi, Central Missouri, and UAB. Gabriella Ochoa Hubbard (Gabby) was the top bowler, finishing 12th individually.

The Hawks return to the lanes on February 17 & 18 at the MEAC No. 2 in Norfolk, Va.

Below is the complete NTCA Top 25 poll: 

RankSchool, Location, Conference Affiliation 1st Place Votes Point TotalDec. Ranking
1Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL (CUSA) 4316801
2Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH (CUSA) 14463
3Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR (CUSA) 14426
4North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC (MEAC) 14125
5Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (CUSA) 13242
6University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (INDEPENDENT) 12447
7Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA (CUSA) 11604
8Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX (CUSA) 10149
9Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (NEC) 9348
10Maryville University, St. Louis, MO (GLVC) 86410
11Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX (CUSA) 70011
12Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (CUSA) 63612
13Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD (INDEPENDENT) 63315
14University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD (MEAC) 59614
15University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI (INDEPENDENT) 53116
16Newman University, Wichita, KS (GLVC) 41318
17Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond, OK (INDEPENDENT) 31020
18Merrimack College, North Andover, MA (NEC) 30513
19Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT (NEC) 24417
20Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN (CUSA) 24219
21Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ (NEC) 20425
22Delaware State University, Dover, DE (MEAC) 17024
23McKendree University, Lebanon, IL (GLVC) 15621
24University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO (GLVC) 10523
25Niagara University, Niagara University, NY (NEC) 8126

Also Receiving Votes: Mercyhurst University, Saint Vincent College, Saint Francis University (Pa.),and Monmouth University.

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