Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10
Addison, Illinois | Stardust Bowl
SETTING THE SCENE
Competing in its inaugural season with a roster of all freshmen, Mount St. Mary's earned a berth to the Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC) Sectional Qualifier, as announced on February 20. The event is put on by USBC Collegiate, a governing body for the sport that oversees all NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA and USBC Collegiate Club programs. The Mount was one of 64 teams to receive the invitation, which is based on a point ranking algorithm that takes into account each team's total power points, as well as average points per tournament.
The 64-team field will be split into four different sectionals: Stratford, New Jersey, Smyrna, Tennessee, Addison, Illinois, and Dallas, Texas. The top four teams at each of the four sectional locations will advance to the ITC National Championships on April 17-21 in Dayton, Ohio.
The Mountaineers will compete in the Addison Sectional, a suburb of Chicago, at Stardust Bowl. They will be joined by Lindenwood, Robert Morris-IL, St. Francis-IL, Grand View, Saint Xavier, Judson, Alma, Calumet, Viterbro, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Concordia-MI, Aquinas-MI, Lawrence Tech-MI, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Highland CC, Duquesne, Siena Heights, and Waldorf. The only three NCAA schools competing in the Addison section will be No. 19 Mount St. Mary's, No. 10 Wisconsin-Whitewater and No. 22 Duquesne.
The opening day will feature an individual competition, the Intercollegiate Sectionals Championship (ISC) qualifier. Each individual will bowl six games, and a predetermined cut of bowlers will advance to the ISC Championships in Dayton, Ohio.
The final two days will consist of the team portion of the event. Each team will bowl 32 baker games on both Saturday and Sunday for a total of 64. The standings are determined by total pin from the 64 baker games.
The Mount went an even 6-6 at the second and final NEC Meet of the regular season two weekends ago to earn the No. 2 seed at the upcoming NEC Championships. The Mountaineers closed out the meet on a high note, averaging a season-high 211 on the final day while rolling a 1,175 (235 average) baker set in their last match against St. Francis Brooklyn. The 1,175 is the second-highest five-game baker set in the NCAA this season, only one-pin shy of tying the 1,176 by No. 4 Arkansas State earlier in the year. Freshman Rebecca Dodson led the way for the Mount on Sunday with a remarkable 23.04 baker frame average. Freshmen Danielle Milo and Erin Burkart also had career days with baker frame averages of 22.93 and 22.11, respectively. Dodson's performance earned her NEC Co-Rookie of the Week honors as she earned at least a share of the award for the fifth time on the season.
In the latest National TenPins Coaches Association (NTCA) Poll released on Wednesday, the Mountaineers held their spot at No. 19 in the nation. McKendree University continues to occupy the top spot in the poll, while Vanderbilt and Nebraska round out the top-three.