A-State Bowling ranked fourth in NTCA preseason media poll

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State women's bowling team was ranked fourth in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Preseason Media Poll that was released Tuesday.

The Red Wolves received 225 points and one first-place vote to finish behind third ranked Central Missouri's 240 points and two first-place votes.  Last season's national runner-up Vanderbilt received 251 points to rank second in the poll, while defending national champion Nebraska received 277 total points and 7 first-place votes to top the NTCA Preseason Media Poll.

Arkansas State was also ranked fourth in the NTCA Preseason Coaches Poll that was released on Oct. 4.

A-State finished last season ranked fourth after advancing to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals in its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.  The Red Wolves finished with a 91-34 mark and set the school record for wins.

Head coach Justin Kostick returns for his fifth season and has accumulated a record of 319-135 (.703) during his first four years at Arkansas State.

The Red Wolves return five lettermen from last season's squad including NTCA All-American second team selection Sarah Lokker and NTCA All-American third team selection Ashley Rucker.

A-State will have an exhibition against Vanderbilt Oct. 27 before opening up the regular season in Hackensack, N.J. at the Fairleigh Dickinson Jamboree Nov. 1-3.