ASU bowling jumps to fourth in latest NTCA poll

    3:01 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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    JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) - The Arkansas State women's bowling team is ranked fourth in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll.

    The Red Wolves (45-18) received 607 points and one first place vote, which was 88 points behind No. 3 Nebraska's 695 points and three first place votes. Central Missouri maintained the No. 1 spot with 757 points and 17 first place votes. Maryland-Eastern Shore was able to keep its No. 2 position with 716 points and six first place votes. Vanderbilt dropped to No. 5 with 589 points to round out the top five.

    A-State was able to move up three spots from seventh to fourth thanks to impressive performances in their last two tournaments. ASU went 21-5 and won third place in their host tournament, the Mid-Winter Invitational, and in the Prairie View A&M Invitational.

    During the span of those two tournaments, the Red Wolves have defeated No. 5 Vanderbilt three times, No. 1 Central Missouri twice, No. 6 Wisconsin-Whitewater once, No. 3 Nebraska once, and No. 2 Maryland-Eastern Shore once.

    Arkansas State also had three all-tournament selections, including one tournament MVP during that span. Sophomore Sarah Lokker won the tournament MVP and senior Rachael Gittings made the all-tournament team at the Mid-Winter Invitational. Junior Ashley Rucker made the all-tournament team during A-State's last tournament at the Prairie View A&M Invitational.

    The Red Wolves resume action this weekend, Feb. 15-17, at the Morgan State Invitational in Baltimore, Md.

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