Dover, Del. (Mar. 19, 2018) --- Delaware State was 12th out of 32 teams at the prestigious Music City Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt University, last weekend. DSU, currently seventh in the National Tenpin Coaches Association top 25 poll, was one of 20 nationally ranked teams in the weekend invitational.
Despite a 6-7 overall tournament record, the Hornets had the top finish among four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams in the tourney. Other MEAC members in the field were North Carolina A&T in 15th place, Maryland-Eastern Shore at No. 21 and Howard was 27th.
Delaware State was 3-2 in traditional games and 3-5 in Baker contests
The Hornets were 4-5 vs. other nationally-ranked opponents in the tourney. DSU posted two wins vs. No. 19 Wisconsin Whitewater, in addition to victories over #23 Lincoln Memorial and #24 Maryville; while falling to No. 2 and defending national champion McKendree, No. 12 Sacred Heart, No. 13 Long Island, No. 20 Louisiana Tech and Wisconsin Whitewater.
Individually, Delaware State’s Elizabeth Burkholder was 11th in the field of 207, and tops among MEAC competitors, with a total pinfall of 1,027 for a five-game average of 205.4. Burkholder topped the 200 mark in three games, including a high of 237.
Chelsey Merklinger (sr.) was the only other Hornet in the top 50, finishing 38th with a total of 968 (193.6 avg.).
Delaware State will return to action this weekend at the 2018 MEAC Bowling Championship in Chesapeake, Va. The Hornets are one of two No. 1 seeds in the tournament by virtue of capturing their second straight MEAC North title. DSU will be seeking its second MEAC Tournament crown in three years and fourth overall. The Hornets won conference championships in 2009, 2010 and 2016.