Dover, Del. (Mar. 21, 2019) --- The Delaware State bowling team hopes to emerge from a highly competitive field in the battle for the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in Chesapeake, Va., this weekend (Mar. 22-24). The top six teams in the conference regular season standings will compete for the title and automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Championship Tournament.
Delaware State is among four MEAC tournament teams ranked in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association top 25 poll. The Hornets are 13th in the March NTCA poll.
2018-19 MEAC regular season champ Maryland-Eastern Shore is seventh in the national rankings, while defending MEAC Tournament champ North Carolina A&T is 11th. MEAC associate member Alabama Birmingham is ranked 14th nationally.
As for the double-elimination MEAC Tournament this weekend, Delaware State is the No. 3 seed, and will square off against No. 6 seed Howard in an opening round Baker match on Friday at 9:00 a.m. The winner will take on No. 1 seed Maryland-Eastern Shore on at Friday 2:00 p.m., while the DSU / Howard loser will compete in an elimination match on Sat. (Mar. 23) at 9:00 a.m.
Delaware State is seeking its third MEAC bowling championship. The Hornets won the title in 2009 & ’10, and captured their last championship in 2016.
Also, six Delaware State bowlers have been cited by the MEAC for their work in the classroom.
The conference has announced the 2019 Women’s Bowling All-Academic Selections, honoring 42 student-athletes from the conference’s 11 bowling institutions who have achieved academic success in the spring 2018 and fall 2018 semesters.
MEAC sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average (GPA), as well as transfer student-athletes who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year, are eligible for All-Academic accolades.
Delaware State’s honorees are Samantha Delong, Olivia Laird, Ashley Merritt, Alexis Neuer, Melissa Ortega and Katie Robb.
“I would like to congratulate our women’s bowling student-athletes who maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during the spring 2018 and fall 2018 semesters,” said Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. “I would also like to acknowledge and thank the institutional and athletic academic support staffs, faculty, coaches and families for their support in the student-athletes’ success.”