Dover, Del. (Nov. 8, 2018) --- The 11 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference bowling teams, including new associate members Monmouth and the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) will gather in Delaware this weekend for the first conference meet of the 2018-19 season.
The competition is set for Saturday and Sunday at Pleasant Hill Lanes on Newport Pike in Wilmington. The teams will compete in traditional matches on Saturday beginning at 10:25 a.m. and Baker format contests starting at 8:25 a.m. Sunday.
The meet, along with a second round-up in North Carolina next February, will determine the six schools that will compete in the 2019 MEAC Championship Tournament.
Defending tournament champ North Carolina A&T State is the preseason favorite to finish first in the 2018-19 and MEAC regular season standings, according to poll conducted of league head coaches and sports information representatives.
Delaware State is one of five MEAC ranked in the National Tenpin Coaches Association 2018-19 Preseason poll.
Maryland-Eastern Shore in the top-ranked MEAC team in the national poll at No. 7, just ahead of the Hornets at No. 8. North Carolina A&T is 11th in the preseason poll, while UAB stands at 16 and Monmouth is No. 23.
Delaware State is led by junior Alexis Neuer, the 2018-19 MEAC Preseason Bowler-of-the-Year. Neuer, the reigning MEAC top bowler, was selected as Most Outstanding Performer in the Hornets’ last competition, the Caldwell University Cougar Classic. She’s off to a good start this season, earning two MEAC Bowler-of-the-Week awards and averaging 201.5 in 11 traditional games.
DSU freshman Stefany Toala is tied for the top single game in the MEAC so far this season with a score of 278 at the Kutztown University Bud Whitman Memorial.
For the 2018-19 season, the MEAC has replaced its previous two-division format with one 11-team standing. The second round-up is set for Feb. 23-24 in Greensboro, N.C.
The 2019 MEAC Bowling Championships will be held March 29-31 in Chesapeake, Va.
Story includes information from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference