FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart Pioneers women's bowling team were ranked No. 12 in the nation by the National Tenpin Coaches Association in the 2018-19 Preseason Poll as announced on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
The Pioneers open the season ranked 12th after concluding the season at No. 11. The 2017-18 NCAA National Champions, Vanderbilt comes into the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, drawing 32 of 40 first-place votes.
SHU is one of five NEC teams ranked in the top 25, as Fairleigh Dickinson was tabbed ninth. St. Francis (Pa.) followed right behind Sacred Heart at 13, while LIU Brooklyn followed at No. 19. Duquesne rounds out the NEC teams at No. 20.
Sacred Heart opens the season on Saturday, Oct. 20, when the Pioneers host the SHU Bowl for the Cure in East Haven, Conn.
NTCA Preseason Poll
1. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (32 First-Place Votes)
2. McKendree University, Lebanon, IL (6 First-Place Votes)
3. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (1 First-Place Vote)
4. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
5. Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR (1 First-Place Vote)
6. Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
7. University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
8. Delaware State University, Dover, DE
9. Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ
10. Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
11. North Carolina A&T, Greensboro, NC
12. Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
13. St. Francis University, Loretto, PA
14. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
15. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
16. University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
17. Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
18. University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
19. LIU Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
20. Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
21. University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI
22. Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
23. Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
24. Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
25. Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
Also receiving points: Youngstown State, Youngstown, OH; Valparaiso University, Valparaiso IN; Norfolk State, Norfolk VA; Jackson State University, Jackson, MS; St. Francis College Brooklyn, Brooklyn N;, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL; Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX