JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The seventh-ranked Arkansas State women's bowling team has been selected as one of the eight teams to compete in the 2010 NCAA National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship in North Brunswick, N.J. April 8-10.
"It's always a privilege being able to get into the NCAA Tournament," said ASU head coach Justin Kostick. "You work hard to make sure you can get in, because anyone can win at that point. The team fundamentally is coming along really well and will continue to practice these next few weeks and do what we always do."
ASU will enter the tournament to compete against a field that is comprised of Central Missouri, Delaware State, Farleigh-Dickinson, Maryland Eastern Shore, Nebraska, New Jersey City and Vanderbilt.
The Red Wolves 2010 appearance will be their third in the past three years. ASU finished the regular season at 72-36 for their third straight 70-win season and finished in the top-five at six of their eight tournaments this season, including four runner-up finishes at the Greater Ozark Invitational, Big Red Invitational, Capital City Classic and Shrewsbury Invitational. Arkansas State did not finish lower than eighth place this year.
Three Red Wolves earned all-tournament honors this season, including senior Marissa Martinek (2), sophomore Samantha Santoro (4) and freshman Rachael Gittings (3). Santoro holds a team-high average of 195.04, while Martinek posted a team-high total pinfall of 9,745.
The seventh annual championship tournament will be hosted by New Jersey City University and will be played at Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes.