RUTHERFORD, N.J. – For the fourth consecutive year, the Felician University women's bowling team is ranked in the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Division II/III Preseason Top 15 Poll.
Felician, a fifth-year program, graduated seven seniors from last year's squad, and will be guided by first-year head coach Taylor Strothmann of Maywood. Despite the turnover, the Golden Falcons checked in at No. 9 in this year's version of the DII/DIII poll, according to balloting released last Wednesday.
The Golden Falcons are one of six East Coast Conference members listed in the Division II/III poll. Felician is an associate member of the ECC solely for women's bowling. At 13 schools, the ECC is the largest women's bowling conference in the NCAA.
Felician posted a won-lost record of 52-58 in 2017-18. The Golden Falcons tied for ninth place in the ECC Championship tournament. They also won their third consecutive ECC Academic Team of Excellence award and 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 34 first place votes.
NCAA bowling competes as a National Collegiate sport, in which all three divisions vie for one national championship. New for 2018-19, the NCAA Committee will select 12 teams – eight automatic conference qualifiers and four at-large bids.
The NCAA also released its all-divisions national preseason poll last Wednesday. Vanderbilt University, the 2017-18 national champion, claimed the top spot. McKendree was listed at No. 2, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was the highest-ranked Division III team at No. 20.
Felician opens 2018-19 at the Mount Shootout, hosted by Mount St. Mary's University on Oct. 20-21 in Waynesboro, Pa.
The National Tenpin Coaches Association
2018-19 DII/DIII Preseason Poll
October 3, 2018
1. McKendree (34)
2. Lincoln Memorial
4. Central Missouri
13. Bowie State
14. Mount Alousius
15. Chestnut Hill
Receiving Votes: Wilmington (Del.), Molloy, Lincoln (Mo.), Elmhurst.