Hawks earn USBC Sectional bid, will head to Tennessee
Feb. 21, 2018

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore got together as a team on Wednesday evening eagerly anticipating their bid to the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships. Their destination turned out to be Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tennessee.

“We are excited about the bid,” Hawks coach Kayla Bandy said. “We didn't have any expectations going into the assignment show after the last few years USBC has assigned us to several different locations. Smyrna has a nice facility that we have competed in several times at the NCAA Music City Classic.”

The sectional assignments for the 2018 ITC’s have been determined based on results during the United States Bowling Congress Collegiate season.

The sectional qualifiers will take place at four sites on March 10-11 - 30 Strikes in Stratford, New Jersey; Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tennessee; St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Illinois; and USA Bowl in Dallas.

The sectional format consists of 32 Baker games each day for a total of 64 Baker games. Total pinfall for the 64 games will determine which teams advance to the ITC.

The top four men's and top four women's teams from each sectional will advance to the ITC, which will be held April 18-21 at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Calumet, the top-ranked team in the men's field, will head to the Fairview Heights Sectional, while Wichita State earned the top spot in the women's final ranking and will travel to Dallas.

The complete women's Intercollegiate Team Championships Sectional Qualifier field (teams listed in alphabetical order):



Stratford Sectional
Adrian, Bowling Green State, Concordia, Delaware State, Duquesne, Hudson Valley CC, Indiana Institute of Technology, Kutztown, Morehead State, Muskingum, Notre Dame-Ohio, Sacred Heart, Schenectady County CC, Siena Heights, Urbana, Webber International, Wright State

Smyrna Sectional
Alabama-Birmingham, Alma, Bethel, Cumberlands, Emmanuel, Florida State, Huntington, Lindsey Wilson, Martin Methodist, Maryland Eastern Shore, North Carolina A&T, Pikeville, Robert Morris-Illinois, Savannah College of Art and Design-Savannah, St. Francis-Illinois, Union

Fairview Heights Sectional
Ancilla, Aquinas, Calumet, Campbellsville, Clarke, Grand View, Judson, Lindenwood, Marian, Mount Mercy, Purdue, Saint Xavier, St. Ambrose, Stephen F. Austin, Tulane, Viterbo, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Dallas Sectional
Baker, Grand Canyon, Hastings, Iowa Central CC, McKendree, Midland, Morningside, Newman, Ottawa, Spring Hill, West Texas A&M, Wichita State, William Penn

Sectional assignments are based on Team Ranking System (TRS) points earned throughout the USBC Collegiate season. USBC Collegiate attempts to place no more than two of the top eight schools and no more than four of the top 16 schools in a sectional based on the final TRS totals. Sectional qualifier fields take geographic distance, economics and field size into consideration.

In addition, the four centers will host qualifying for the 2018 Intercollegiate Singles Championships on March 9. Student-athletes at each of the four sectional events will bowl six games with 24 men and 24 women — the top four men and top four women at each sectional plus eight additional individuals based on sectional field size — advancing to the national singles tournament on April 17-18 (qualifying and match-play rounds) and April 21 (semifinals and finals) at Sun Valley Lanes. Hawks junior Jacqueline Rhoda (Portage, Indiana) advanced all the way to the semifinals of the individual championships last season.

The championship rounds at the ITC and ISC will be taped for broadcast April 21 and will air nationally on CBS Sports Network starting April 24.

The women's singles show will air April 24, and the men's singles broadcast will air May 1. The women's team final will air May 8, and the men's ITC on May 15 will conclude the collegiate broadcasts.

For more information on Eastern Shore Athletics visit http://www.easternshorehawks.com/.

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