ARLINGTON, Texas— As one of only two women's bowling programs in the nation to win both an NCAA and USBC Collegiate Championship and the only to win both in the same year, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Lady Hawks are ranked in several polls each season.
Currently at second and first in the National Tenpins Coaches Association coaches and media polls respectively, the Hawks are also ranked in the current United States Bowling Congress (USBC) coaches' and bowling writer's polls.
The National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association released their first poll of the season back on Dec. 19 with UMES ranked 10th with 240 points. Lindenwood, Webber International, Wichita State and Robert Morris-Illinois were the top four teams and all received at least one first place vote. Midland rounded out the top five. Lindenwood tallied 644 points. First-year NCAA school McKendree was eighth, bowling almost an entire collegiate bowling schedule, while St. Francis Uni. (Pa.) was 15th. Adrian, Kutztown, Norfolk State, Stephen F. Austin and Ursuline were all NCAA teams receiving votes.
On Thursday, the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) poll, formerly the Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA), had UMES ranked 11th with 105 points. Lindenwood, who the Hawks topped in 2011's national championship final, 2-1, was first with 348 points. Wichita State, Webber International, Robert Morris (Ill.), and Wright State rounded out the writer's poll top five. McKendree was ranked 7th and Central Missouri, who topped the Hawks in the latest NCAA coaches' poll for the top spot, was 12th. St. Francis (PA) was 16th and Sam Houston State was 20th. Kutztown and Wisconsin-Whitewater also received votes. UMES currently stands at 30-3 and 19-1 in the conference. They resume their season on January 19th in Brooklyn, N.Y.
To be included in the coaches and writer's polls, teams must be members of the USBC and have competed in sanctioned events throughout the season. Many of the NCAA teams ranked in the NTCA polls are not members of the USBC, thus excluding them from the polls.
Both the bowling coaches and writers will release two more polls this season.