Maryland Eastern Shore Earns NCAA Bowling Bid

Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
          Release: 03/29/2017
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INDIANAPOLIS, March 29, 2017—2017 MEAC bowling champion Maryland Eastern Shore has earned one of the eight bids to the 2017 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championships, as the field was announced Wednesday afternoon.

The Hawks will compete for their fourth NCAA title (2008, 2011 and 2012) Thursday through Saturday, April 13-15 in Baton Rouge, La., in a field that includes Nebraska, McKendree, Arkansas State, Sam Houston State, Vanderbilt, Fairleigh Dickinson and defending champion Stephen F. Austin.

Maryland Eastern Shore won its fourth MEAC title in five seasons this past Sunday with a 4-1 defeat of North Carolina A&T State in the MEAC Bowling Championship final. Thashaina Seraus, the two-time reigning MEAC Bowler of the Year, earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer honor, and she was named to the All-Tournament Team alongside teammate Alexandra Hernandez.

The Hawks (85-37) are ranked No. 8 in the most recent National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) poll.

Competition will begin on Thursday, April 13 with qualifying rounds in which each team bowls one five-person regular team game against each of the other seven participating teams. Teams will be seeded for bracket play based on their win-loss record during the qualifying rounds.

At the conclusion of the qualifying rounds, teams will then compete in best-of-seven Baker matches in the double elimination tournament starting on Friday, April 14. In the Baker format, each of the five team members, in order, bowls a complete frame until a complete (10-frame) game is bowled. A Baker match tied at 3½ a piece after seven games will be decided by a tiebreaker using the Modified Baker format.    

Tulane University and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) will co-host the championship. Tickets can be purchased through NCAA.com prior to the championship.

All matches will be streamed live on NCAA.com. The championship final will air on ESPNU Saturday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. EST.

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