They aren’t atop the latest edition of the National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll, but Fairleigh Dickinson bowling hasn’t cooled down since winning the NCAA title last April.
The defending national champion Knights, returning their leadoff bowler along with the 2010 NCAA MVP, opened the 2010-11 campaign as the NTCA’s Preseason No. 1, only to lose that ranking to Maryland-Eastern Shore in the subsequent installment of the top-20 poll.
With the season just past its midway point, FDU has won 53 of 64 matches for an astronomical .828 win percentage while UMES’ 66-20 record yields a .767 mark.
When the poll was released heading into the season’s winter break, FDU owned a 40-9 mark (.816) and UMES a 41-7 record (.858).
The two perennial NCAA title contenders were the last two left standing at the 28-team Kutztown University Invitational last Sunday (Jan. 30) in Reading, PA.
Riding the hot hand of NEC Bowler of the Week Tracy Ganjoin, the team’s lefty leadoff, FDU prevailed, 4-to-2, in a best-of-seven baker match to clinch first place resulted in what was the nation’s largest NCAA bowling meet this season.
The victory was actually FDU’s fourth over Maryland-Eastern Shore since the start of the season.
The Knights defeated UMES in a quad baker match on November 5 and added two more wins two days later in championship bracket play. FDU posted two best-of-seven baker victories over the Hawks to claim the Jersey Jamboree meet title.
We’ll have to wait and see, but there could be a new No. 1 in the next edition of the NTCA Poll set to be released later this month.