If you’re looking for a list of NEC bowling members, then take a look at the latest edition of the National Tenpins Coaches Association Top 20 Poll.
Nine of the league’s 10 bowling teams have secured a spot in the Top 20, and the conference’s 10th member is knocking on the doorstep.
“Nine of our teams are in the Top 20!” exclaimed Kutztown head coach Joe Ambrose with enthusiasm and amazement both evident in his tone. “That proves just how tough our conference really is.”
Fairleigh Dickinson (45-12) was the highest-ranked NEC team in the poll, pulling in at No. 2 behind top-ranked Valparaiso.
Sacred Heart (37-9) moved up into the No. 3 spot that league rival FDU occupied in the poll’s preseason edition. The Pioneers jumped up six spots from their No. 9 preseason ranking.
Meanwhile, Valparaiso, which established its bowling program only three years ago and is not affiliated with a conference, ranked 18th in the NTCA Preseason Top 20 before its surprising surge to the top.
“I am still in shock we jumped as high as we did, because I was thinking we would be around 7 or 8 in this poll,” said Crusader head coach Matt Nantais in a press release on Valpo’s official athletics website.
Danielle McEwan (below) and FDU are No. 2!
Valpo was not the lone program to have enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent weeks. NEC member Saint Francis (PA) (33-14) has accounted for quite the impressive climb over the past calendar year. With the program having been founded fewer than 18 months ago, the Red Flash have climbed all the way up to the No. 14 ranking in America. Heading into the program’s second-ever season of collegiate competition, head coach Tom Falbo’s Flash held the No. 19 ranking before winning 33 of their first 47 matches to continue their ascension.
Three NEC programs directly follow the Red Flash in succession. Kutztown (24-20), which was tabbed as the favorite to win the 2012 NEC title in the league’s preseason coaches’ survey, came in at No. 15 in the latest NTCA survey. Monmouth (26-21), which like Saint Francis (PA) is in only its second season of competition, enjoys its first-ever national ranking by punching in at No. 16. Saint Peter’s (33-12), which was also unranked at season’s start, has parlayed its sensational start into the No. 17 ranking.
A pair of Empire State-based NEC members – Adelphi (32-24) and St. Francis (NY) (23-23) – round out the selections in 19th and 20th, respectively.
Long Island (15-25), another program in its infancy, sits fifth overall in the “receiving votes” category. The Blackbirds may have a win percentage below .500, but don’t be fooled. A number of their losses have come to nationally-ranked teams and Jocelyn Davis’ squad has a knack for knocking off powerhouse programs. On the way to 47 wins last season, the Blackbirds defeated then-No. 4 Vanderbilt and No. 4 Delaware State.
No NEC teams will compete until after the calendar turns to January. A handful of NEC teams will return to the lanes at the St. Francis Terrier New Year Knockdown on Jan. 21-22 before all 10 NEC members head to the Kutztown Golden Bear Invitational the following week.
Here is the official press release from the NTCA…
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Catching up with NEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week Ashley Matakevich…
– Dec. 13, 2011 –