MEAC Announces Bowling Preseason All-Conference Honors

Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
          Release: 09/28/2017
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NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 28, 2017Maryland Eastern Shore’s Jacqueline Rhoda was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason Bowler of the Year, the conference announced today. Maryland Eastern Shore was named the preseason favorite to win the Northern Division, while North Carolina A&T State was picked as the favorite to win the Southern Division.

All awards were voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors.

Rhoda was a Second Team All-MEAC selection last season after helping the Hawks win the MEAC tournament championship and earn berths to both the NCAA and United States Bowling Congress (USBC) National Championships. In addition, Rhoda competed in the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championship, advancing to the semifinal round.

A two-time MEAC Bowler of the Week in 2016-17, Rhoda averaged 193.3 pins in Baker play and 105.9 in traditional play last season. She had a 95.3 percent spare rate, which included a 93-percent clip in single-pin spares.

Rhoda was also a MEAC All-Academic honoree last season.

Joining Rhoda on the Preseason All-MEAC Team are Elizabeth Burkholder, Chelsey Merklinger and Alexis Neuer of Delaware State, as well as Norfolk State’s Alexa Rodriguez.

The defending MEAC champion Hawks received nine first-place votes in being tabbed the Northern Division’s preseason favorite, racking up 79 points. Delaware State (68 points, six first-place votes) was picked to finish second, followed by Howard (51 points, three first-place votes), Morgan State (45 points) and Coppin State (27).

In being picked to repeat in the Southern Division, North Carolina A&T State tallied 67 points and picked up 13 first-place votes. Norfolk State (57 points, five first-place votes) was picked to finish second, followed by Florida A&M (29 points) and Bethune-Cookman (27 points).

The 2017-18 bowling season kicks off the weekend of Oct. 14-15.

The 2018 MEAC Bowling Championship will be held March 23-25 at the AMF Lanes in Chesapeake, Va. The top three teams from each division will qualify for the tournament.

2017-18 Preseason All-MEAC Bowling Team & Predicted Order of Finish
As voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors

Preseason Bowler of the Year: Jacqueline Rhoda, Maryland Eastern Shore

Name Ht. Class School Hometown
Elizabeth Burkholder 5-5 Sr. Delaware State Lancaster, Pa.
Chelsey Merklinger 4-11 Sr. Delaware State Kinzers, Pa.
Alexis Neuer 5-6 So. Delaware State Lewisburg, Pa.
Jacqueline Rhoda 5-6 Jr. Maryland Eastern Shore Portage, Ind.
Alexa Rodriguez 5-2 r-Jr. Norfolk State Carolina, Puerto Rico

Predicted Order of Finish
First-place votes in parentheses 

Northern Division

School Points
Maryland Eastern Shore (9) 79
Delaware State (6) 68
Howard (3) 51
Morgan State 45
Coppin State 27

Southern Division

School Points
North Carolina A&T State (13) 67
Norfolk State (5) 57
Florida A&M 29
Bethune-Cookman 27

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