JONESBORO, Ark. (10/3/16) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team was ranked third in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll per an announcement by the NTCA Monday afternoon.
The Red Wolves received 1,206 points along with two first-place votes to land the third spot on the poll behind Nebraska (1,312 points and eight first-place votes) and Stephen F. Austin (1,302 points and 22 first-place votes). Vanderbilt was fourth with 1,152 points and four first-place tallies, while McKendree University rounded out the top five with 1,137 points.
Arkansas State finished last season’s poll in the third position after going 1-2 in the bracket portion of the NCAA Tournament. A-State concluded the 2015-16 season with a record of 85-36 and finished no lower than sixth in any tournament all year, including championships at the Music City Classic and Southland Bowling League Tournament. The team was voted second in last season’s NTCA Preseason Poll.
Head coach Justin Kostick is entering his eighth year at the helm of the A-State women’s bowling program and has accumulated a 578-237 (.709) mark in his tenure. The team returns seven letterwinners from last year along with a redshirt freshman and redshirt sophomore and added two freshmen to the mix.
Additionally, the Southland Bowling League launched a league webpage today that can be found by going to www.southland.org/bowling. The site will host news, stats, and other tidbits from around the league. Seven of the eight members of the league are ranked in the Preseason Top 25 by the NTCA.
The 2016-17 season gets underway for Arkansas State Oct. 21-23 when the Red Wolves travel to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the Wildcat Invitational being hosted by Bethune-Cookman University.