RUTHERFORD, N.J. – For the third consecutive year, the Felician University women's bowling team is ranked in the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Division II/III Preseason Poll
Felician, a fourth-year program coached by Andrew Toriello of Rutherford, checked in at No. 9 in this year's version, according to balloting released last Wednesday. The Golden Falcons were ranked 10th at the start of last season, and were No. 9 in a similar poll released prior to the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
The Golden Falcons are one of five East Coast Conference members ranked among the 15 teams listed in the Division II/III poll. Felician is an associate member of the ECC solely for women's bowling.
Toriello guided Felician to a 59-41 won-lost record in 2016-17, setting school records for wins and winning percentage. The Golden Falcons finished third in the ECC Championship tournament. They also placed 11 student-athletes on both the ECC Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Academic All-NTCA team.
McKendree University was named the No. 1 team in the poll, receiving all 30 first place votes. In 2017, McKendree became the first Division II team to win the NCAA National Bowling Championship in the 14 years of its existence.
NCAA bowling competes as a National Collegiate sport, in which all three divisions vie for one national championship. The NTCA also released its preseason all-divisions national poll last Wednesday. It, too, was topped by McKendree.
Felician opens 2017-18 at the Bud Whitman Memorial, hosted by Kutztown University, on Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, in Reading, Pa.
The National Tenpin Coaches Assocation
2017-18 Division II/III Preseason Poll
1. McKendree (30) 616 pts.
2. Wisconsin-Whiteater 500
3. Central Missouri 496
4. Adelphi 432
5. Franklin Pierce 326
6. Lincoln Memorial 244
7. Caldwell 193
8. Kutztown 190
9. Felician 177
10. Maryville 173
11. Fayetteville State 150
12. Bowie State 103
13. Mount Aloysius 98
14. Elmhurst 70
15. Chestnut Hill 44
Also receiving points: Drury, LIU Post, Molloy, Virginia State, Wilmington (Del.)