leads the eight-team field after the first day of qualifying at the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Bowling Championship
The Bearcats (pictured above; photo McKendree Bowling), coached by six-time World Champion and four-time PWBA Tour champion, Shannon O’Keefe, posted a 5-0 record for five games Thursday at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, La., and McKendree was the only team to go undefeated during the opening round.
Teams competing at the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship are ranked through qualifying based on their win-loss records for a total of seven qualifying games.
Vanderbilt, the 2007 NCAA champion, sits in second place at 4-1, while defending champion, Stephen F. Austin, and two-time winner Fairleigh Dickinson are 3-2.
All eight teams will return to the lanes Friday at 11:50 a.m. Eastern for two additional games of qualifying, before seeding for the double-elimination match-play Baker bracket is determined.
The opening two rounds of bracket play will take place Friday evening, starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Bracket play will continue Saturday until the final two teams are determined. They will face off for the national title live on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.
Livestream coverage for all rounds leading up to the televised finals is being provided by the NCAA and can be found by either clicking here or here.
For more information on the 2017 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship, click here.
Collegiate titles to be determined in Baton Rouge
2017 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship – Day One Qualifying
Standings after five games; schools with position and win-loss record (seeding based on head-to-head matches)
1, McKendree, 5-0
2, Vanderbilt, 4-1
3, Stephen F. Austin, 3-2
4, Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-2
5, Arkansas State, 2-3
6, Nebraska, 2-3
7, Sam Houston State, 1-4
8, Maryland Eastern Shore, 0-5.
NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship History
2016 Champion: Stephen F. Austin – Coach Amber Lemke
2015 Champion: Nebraska – Coach Bill Straub
2014 Champion: Sam Houston State – Coach Brad Hagen
2013 Champion: Nebraska – Coach Bill Straub
2012 Champion: Maryland Eastern Shore – Coach Kristina Frahm
2011 Champion: Maryland-Eastern Shore – Coach Sharon Brummell
2010 Champion: Fairleigh Dickinson – Coach Mike LoPresti
2009 Champion: Nebraska – Coach Bill Straub
2008 Champion: Maryland Eastern Shore – Coach Sharon Brummell
2007 Champion: Vanderbilt – Coach John Williamson
2006 Champion: Fairleigh Dickinson – Coach Mike LoPresti
2005 Champion: Nebraska – Coach Bill Straub
2004 Champion: Nebraska – Coach Bill Straub