Dover, Del. (Jan. 17, 2019) --- Twenty of the top 25 women’s college bowling teams, including No. 13 Delaware State, will gather in Limerick, Pa,. for the 2019 Kutztown Invitational this weekend. The Friday-to-Sunday tournament will also mark the Hornets’ first competition since the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawk Classic last November.
Among the teams scheduled to compete at Kutztown this weekend are National Tenpin Coaches Association No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 4 Arkansas State, No. 5 Sam Houston State, No. 6, No. 7 Fairleigh Dickinson, No. 8 Maryland-Eastern Shore, No. 9 St. Francis (Pa.) and No. 10 Stephen F. Austin.
The four teams ahead of the Hornets in the 2018-19 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standings-Alabama-Birmingham, defending conference champ North Carolina A&T, Maryland-Eastern Shore and Monmouth-are also in the Kutztown Tournament field.
Delaware State brings a 31-15 overall record into the weekend tournament, including a 14-11 mark vs. current top 25 teams.
“The Kutztown Invitational is one of the most competitive events of the season,” said Kayla Stamm, Delaware State head women’s bowling coach. “Although we haven’t competed since November, the team has worked extremely hard during the break. The girls understand how important this tournament is because almost every match is against a top team, which gives us an opportunity to improve our national ranking.”
The Hornets are led by 2018-19 MEAC Preseason Bowler of the Year Alexis Neuer (jr.), who brings a team-high 197.9 average in traditional games into the weekend. Neuer has also earned two MEAC Bowler-of-the-Week awards this season.
Stefany Toala (fr.) is second on the team with a 183.9 per game average. Toala shares the MEAC individual high this season with a score of 278 in the season-opening Bud Whitman Classic last October.