Red Wolves Bowling selected to NCAA Championship for 5th straight season

JONESBORO, Ark. ( – The Arkansas State women's bowling team, ranked second in the nation, was among the eight teams selected Wednesday afternoon to compete at this year's NCAA Women's Bowling Championship April 12-14 at the Freeway Lanes of Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio.

"It is always an honor to be in the field," ASU bowling coach Justin Kostick said. "It doesn't matter if you are first or eighth in because the seeding is done after the first day of competition, but it was a little easier to sleep last night than in years past because in years past we have been on the bubble."

The seven other teams competing for the national championship will be Central Missouri, Fairleigh Dickinson, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Nebraska, Sacred Heart, Valparaiso and Vanderbilt.

Competition begins with qualifying rounds in which each team bowls one five-person regular team game against each of the other seven teams participating in the championship for a total of seven games. Teams will be seeded for bracket play based on their win-loss record during the qualifying rounds. Teams will then compete in best-of-seven-games Baker matches in a double elimination tournament.  In the Baker format, each of the five team members, in order, bowls a complete frame until a complete 10-frame game is completed.

This will be the Red Wolves fifth straight appearance at the national tournament. ASU finished the 2011-12 regular season with an 80-23 record and was ranked second in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll. The team finished no worse than third in all eight of the tournaments it competed in and captured tournament titles at the Big Red Invitational and the Holiday Classic.

This year's championship finals will air on ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, April 14. A replay of the championship finals will air on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, April 15.

The Mid-American Conference and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will host the championship.  Tickets can be purchased on prior to the championship.