FDU KNIGHTS RECAPTURE #1 RANKING IN 2011 NTCA FEBRUARY NATIONAL POLL
BALTIMORE, MD – After winning both tournaments it entered in the second half, Fairleigh Dickinson University of Teaneck, NJ received 20 out of a possible 24 first place votes and regained the top spot in the National Tenpins Coaches Association national poll. The NTCA conducts monthly polls that rank and list the top twenty NCAA women’s bowling programs during the regular season.
The FDU Knights (71-15, .826), who were the preseason #1 ranked team and the #2 ranked team in the national poll released prior to this one, have been hot in the second half. FDU won tournament titles at the 28-team Kutztown Invitational in Reading, PA and the 15-team DSU Capital City Classic in Dover, winning 31 of its last 37 matches along the way.
Ranked second was the University of Maryland Eastern Shore of Princess Anne, MD. UMES (73-25, .745) competed in four 3-day events during the first five weeks of the second half. The Hawks, who collected three first place votes, finished fourth at the 14-team Mid-Winter Classic in Cabot, AR; fourth at the 10-team Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, NE; second at the Kutztown Invitational; and third at the DSU Capital City Classic.
The University of Central Missouri of Warrensburg, MO was the third ranked team. The Jennies (47-18, .723), who garnished one first place vote, have begun the second half just like they ended the first. UCM closed out the first half in Midlothian, VA with the Jeannette Lee Invitational championship. Since then, the Jennies have placed second at the Mid-Winter Classic and won the Big Red Invitational championship.
The fourth ranked team was the University of Nebraska of Lincoln, NE. After winning the only two events they entered during the first half of the season, the Huskers (35-10, .778) are returning to action this weekend after a fifth place finish at the Mid-Winter Classic and a third place finish at the Big Red Invitational.
Making the biggest move, Vanderbilt University of Nashville, TN navigated seven places up the poll to fifth place. Following an uncharacteristic first half, the Commodores (50-30, .625) have turned their season around. It began by winning the tournament championship at the Mid-Winter Classic. Vanderbilt has since followed that up with second place finishes at the Big Red Invitational and the DSU Capital City Class, as well as a third place finish at the Kutztown Invitational.
Arkansas State University (43-16, .729) of Jonesboro, AR was ranked sixth. Moving up to seventh was New Jersey City University (61-25, .709) of Jersey City, NJ. The eighth ranked team was Kutztown University (67-20, .770) of Kutztown, PA. Sacred Heart University (51-22, .699) of Fairfield, CT was ranked ninth, and Sam Houston State University (49-26, .653) of Huntsville, TX was tenth.
2010-2011 NTCA DECEMBER NATIONAL POLL
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ
71 – 15
Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
73 – 25
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
47 – 18
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
35 – 10
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
50 – 30
Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
43 – 16
New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
61 – 25
Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
67 – 20
Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
51 – 22
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
49 – 26
Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL
31 – 12
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
48 – 37
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
59 – 37
Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX
39 – 29
St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, NY
57 – 37
Delaware State University, Dover, DE
42 – 31
Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA
54 – 34
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI
22 – 20
St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ
40 – 34
Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
44 – 36
Also receiving points: University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI; Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NJ; Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX; State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica, NY; St. Francis University, Loretto, PA.
NTCA voters rank the top 20 teams on their ballot. Each position has an assigned point value, ranging from 32 points for first place and one point for twentieth place. After the total points for every team is calculated, the totals are sorted in descending order. The specific point values follow: