NCAA Bowling Championship

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NCAA Bowling Championship
NCAA Bowling Championship Logo.jpg
Sport College Bowling
Founded 2004
No. of teams 8
Most recent
champion(s)
Stephen F. Austin (1)
TV partner(s) ESPNU
Official website NCAA.com

The NCAA Bowling Championship is a sanctioned women's championship in college athletics. Unlike many NCAA sports, only one championship is held each season with teams from Division I, Division II, and Division III competing together. Eight teams, all at-large selections, are chosen by the NCAA Bowling Committee to compete in the championships. The championship was first held in April 2004.

The most successful team is Nebraska with 5 titles. The reigning champions are Stephen F. Austin, who defeated Nebraska in seven games in the 2016 finals in a rematch of the 2015 finals that was won by Nebraska in six games. This is Stephen F. Austin's first NCAA Bowling Championship and its first team NCAA Championship at the Division I level.

Nebraska and Central Missouri have received at-large bids for all 13 NCAA Bowling Championships held to date.

Format[edit]

The collegiate bowling season runs during the winter (beginning in October), and the championship is typically held in April. The current format for the championships begins with qualifying rounds in which each team bowls one five-person regular team game against each of the other seven teams participating in the championship for a total of seven games. Teams will be seeded for bracket play based on their win-loss record after seven games. Teams will then compete in best-of-seven-games Baker matches in a double elimination tournament. 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 3½ games to 3½ games after seven games will be decided by a tiebreaker using the Modified Baker format, which is the last five frames (frames 6 to 10).[1]

At present, all participants receive at-large bids, but it is proposed that automatic qualifiers be awarded to conference champions, starting in 2018.[2]

Champions[edit]

NCAA National Collegiate Bowling Championship
Year Site Championship
Winner Score Runner-up Individual Games
2004
Details
Emerald Bowl
Houston, TX
Nebraska 4–2 Central Missouri State 170–131, 160–208, 185–190, 239–150, 219–197, 215–173[3][Note 1]
2005
Details
Wekiva Lanes
Orlando, FL
Nebraska 4–2 Central Missouri State 220–210, 247–266, 148–192, 205–190, 190–172, 235–184[4][Note 2]
2006
Details
Emerald Bowl
Houston, TX
Fairleigh Dickinson 4–1 Alabama A&M 209–165, 148–184, 172–165, 200–179, 196–165[6][Note 3]
2007
Details
Apopka, FL Vanderbilt 4–3 UMES 167–164, 242–166, 154–202, 148–170, 224–180, 178–235, 198–150[7][Note 4]
2008
Details
Omaha, NE UMES 4–2 Arkansas State 179–223, 200–181, 180–182, 217–164, 175–152, 174–170[9][10]
2009
Details
Canton, MI Nebraska 4–1 Central Missouri 200–185, 149–198, 201–168, 201–177, 190–135[11]
2010
Details
North Brunswick, NJ Fairleigh Dickinson 4–3 Nebraska 209–167, 202–222, 203–213, 229–192, 201–222, 230–190, 208–174[12]
2011
Details
Taylor, MI UMES 4–2 Vanderbilt 215–197, 164–193, 201–248, 234–204, 235–166, 192–181[13][14]
2012
Details
Wickliffe, OH UMES 4–2 Fairleigh Dickinson 222–204, 236–215, 167–249, 208–168, 170–223, 203–176[15]
2013
Details
Canton, MI Nebraska 4½–2½ Vanderbilt 211–199, 186–197, 156–169, 190–190, 196–189, 202–182, 246–200[16]
2014
Wickliffe, OH Sam Houston State 4–2 Nebraska 181-166, 182-187, 193-190, 189-197, 205-191, 195-165[17]
2015
Richmond Heights, MO Nebraska 4–2 Stephen F. Austin 237-232, 178-253, 201-171, 179-188, 205-201, 195-154[18][19]
2016 North Brunswick, NJ Stephen F. Austin 4–3 Nebraska 193-205, 238-198, 265-242, 164-227, 196-187, 160-237, 247-192[20]
2017
Baton Rouge, LA[21]
2018
Richmond Heights, MO[22]

Team titles[edit]

Team Titles Year Won
Nebraska 5 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2015
Maryland Eastern Shore 3 2008, 2011, 2013
Fairleigh Dickinson 2 2006, 2010
Sam Houston State 1 2014
Stephen F. Austin 1 2016
Vanderbilt 1 2007

Championship participants[edit]

Source:[23]

School Appearances Years Best Result
Alabama A&M 1 2006 Runners-Up (2006)
Arkansas State 9 2008, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16 Runners-Up (2008)
Bethune-Cookman 2 2005, '06 4th (2005)
Central Missouri 13 2004, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16 Runners-Up (2004, '05, '09)
Delaware State 2 2009, '10 3rd (2009)
Fairleigh Dickinson 11 2004, '05, '06, '07, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15 Champions (2006, '10)
Fayetteville State 1 2005 7th (2005)
Kutztown 1 2011 5th (2011)
Maryland Eastern Shore 11 2004, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14 Champions (2008, '11, '12)
McKendree 1 2016 3rd (2016)
Minnesota State Mankato[Note 5] 2 2007, '08 5th (2008)
Nebraska 13 2004, 05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16 Champions (2004, '05, '09, '13, '15)
New Jersey City 7 2004, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10 3rd (2004, '08, '10)
North Carolina A&T 1 2016 3rd (2016)
Sacred Heart 5 2004, '05, '07, '08, '12 5th (2004, '05, '07)
Sam Houston State 5 2011, '13, '14, '15, '16 Champions (2014)
Southern 1 2004 5th (2004)
Stephen F. Austin 2 2015, '16 Champions (2016)
Valparaiso 1 2012 5th (2012)
Vanderbilt 11 2006, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '16 Champions (2007)
Winston-Salem State 1 2004 7th (2004)
Wisconsin–Whitewater 3 2013, '14, '15 3rd (2014, '15)

NCAA Programs[edit]

A total of 77 teams are competing in 2016–17, up from 71 in 2015–16:

Conferences[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nebraska had to win two best-of-seven matchups against Central Missouri State (who advanced to the finals after going undefeated in Friday's double elimination format) to win the first NCAA bowling title. Nebraska won the first match 4-2 (183-176, 168-200, 195-170, 212-212 (60-40), 168-203, 246-195) to force the winner-take-all match.
  2. ^ Under the same double elimination format used in 2004, Nebraska went undefeated, winning three matches on Friday, meaning they only had to win once (out of a possible two best-of-seven matches) against Central Missouri State to win the NCAA Bowling Championship. Nebraska needed only one best-of-seven match-up to win their second straight NCAA Bowling title.[5]
  3. ^ Fairleigh Dickinson (only team undefeated, 3-0 after Friday's double elimination matches) needed only one best-of-seven match (out of a possible two matches) to defeat Alabama A&M.
  4. ^ The double elimination format was tweaked in 2007 and subsequently every NCAA Bowling Championships have used this format since. Under the previous double elimination format used from 2004-2006, the finalist with one loss had to defeat the undefeated finalist twice in best-of-seven matches to win the bowling championship. Beginning in 2007, two teams that win two best-of-seven matches advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the two undefeated teams would only need to win once out a possible two matches to advance to the final. In the 2007 championships, Vanderbilt and Maryland Eastern Shore won two matches to advance to the semifinals. Both teams only needed one match to advance to the best-of-seven finals match.[8]
  5. ^ Program discontinued in 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NCAA Bowling Championship Format
  2. ^ "Committee recommends AQ proposal for bowling championship for 2018". NCAA. February 18, 2015. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Huskers Win NCAA Bowling Title" (Press release). University of Nebraska Athletics. April 10, 2004. 
  4. ^ "Huskers Repeat as National Champions" (Press release). April 16, 2005. 
  5. ^ 2005 NCAA Bowling Bracket
  6. ^ Fairleigh Dickinson Win 2006 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship
  7. ^ "Vanderbilt Bowlers Make History! Commodores Crowned as NCAA Champs" (Press release). Vanderbilt University Athletics. April 14, 2007. 
  8. ^ 2007 NCAA Women's Bowling Bracket
  9. ^ "National Champions!!!!!" (Press release). University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics. April 12, 2008. 
  10. ^ 2008 NCAA Women's Bowling Bracket
  11. ^ "Huskers Capture NCAA Bowling Title" (Press release). University of Nebraska Athletics. April 12, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Fairleigh Dickinson Women's Bowling Wins National Championship" (Press release). Fairleigh Dickinson University Athletics. April 10, 2010. 
  13. ^ "National Champions!" (Press release). University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics. April 16, 2011. 
  14. ^ 2011 NCAA Women's Bowling Championship
  15. ^ "Hawks Soar Higher; Win Back to Back NCAA Championships" (Press release). University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics. April 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Huskers Capture Fourth National Title" (Press release). University of Nebraska Athletics. April 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ Spoor, Mark (April 13, 2014). "Bearkat beginnings" (Press release). NCAA. 
  18. ^ "Huskers Capture Fifth NCAA Title" (Press release). University of Nebraska Athletics. April 11, 2015. 
  19. ^ "SFA Finishes as NCAA National Runner-Up" (Press release). Stephen F. Austin University Athletics. April 11, 2015. 
  20. ^ "NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! Ladyjacks Down Nebraska For Program's First NCAA Title" (Press release). Stephen F. Austin University Athletics. April 16, 2016. 
  21. ^ Tulane, Baton Rouge to serve as hosts for 2017 bowling tourney
  22. ^ "Central Missouri and St. Louis Sports Commission will host 2018 Bowling Championships". University of Central Missouri Athletics. Dec 13, 2013. 
  23. ^ "National Collegiate Bowling" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 

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