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Bowling Earns Its Highest Ranking in Four Years

Voted 11th in NTCA Poll

The women’s bowling team moved up three spots since the preseason poll to be ranked 11th in the country in the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) November poll.

This marks the highest level the NTCA has ranked the Pioneers since the start of the 2012-13 season, when they ranked seventh. Arkansas State took the top spot in the first official NTCA poll of this season, garnering 28 first-place votes.

“I am proud of how well the team has done so far this season, but there is always room to improve, especially as we begin conference play soon,” said SHU Head Coach Becky Kregling. “We started the season off fantastically at the first three tournaments with wins over some of the best teams in the country.  We struggled last weekend but plan to continue to work and strive for more consistency.”

The Pioneers were 20-10 in late November, having picked up wins over No. 14 Wisconsin-Whitewater, No. 7 Fairleigh Dickinson, No. 6 Vanderbilt and defending the NCAA champion, No. 5 Stephen F. Austin.

Sacred Heart won the season-opening SHU Bowl for a Cure Invitational before taking second at the Fairleigh Dickinson University Jamboree. The Pioneers finished sixth at the Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk Classic, which featured most of the top 25 teams in the country.

The team will resume play at the Northeast Conference Dec. 3-4 at Wallingford Bowl.