ERIE, Pa. – The sixth-time Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Champion Bowie State women’s bowling team will begin its quest for a national championship on Friday, Apr. 9 as the Bulldogs take on the No. 1 seeded McKendree Bearcats in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs are competing in the Erie Regional of the NCAA National Colligate Bowling Championships at Rolling Meadows Lane in Erie, Pa.
Bowie State is joined by the 11th-ranked Mount St. Mary’s and Madaille in the Erie Regional. The winner of the double-elimination Erie, Pa., Regional will advance to face the winners of the other three regionals (Rochester, N.Y., Lansing, Mich., and Arlington, Texas) at the 2022 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship final, which is scheduled for April 15-16 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio.
All of the matches of the Erie, Pa., Regional, with the exception of the if-necessary match, will feature a mega-match format consisting of a five-person team match, a five-game Baker total pinfall and if necessary, a best-of-seven Baker match play. The best-of-seven match play is if necessary and the winning team needs to win two of the three events in the mega-match event. The second (if necessary) championship match will feature a best-of-seven Baker format with the winning team needing to win four of those seven Baker games to claim the regional title and advance to the national championship finals.
The Bulldogs will be making its third appearance in program history at the NCAA Tournament. BSU finished the regular season with a 43-9 overall record, winning 80-percent of all its matchups. Bowie State claimed its sixth-straight CIAA title – earning the most CIAA championships in league history with 10 total. Campbell was named this year’s CIAA Coach of the Year while senior Cayla Snowden (Parkville, MD) captured the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Mckendree is the No. 1 seed overall in the NCAA Tournament, the Bearcats are the two-time reigning Great Lakes Valley Conference championship, making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The remaining teams featured in the NCAA Tournament are No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Sam Houston State, No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 5 North Carolina A&T, No. 6 Arkansas State, No. 7 Louisiana Tech, No. 8 Stephen F. Austin, No. 9 Youngstown State, No. 11 Mount St. Mary’s, No. 13 Fairleigh Dickinson, No. 16 Sacred Heart, Wilmington, and Alabama State.
The 2022 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championships will begin with four matches scheduled on Friday, April 8, and another two, or possibly, three matches scheduled for Saturday, April 9. All regionals are in a double-elimination format. All the matches in the Erie, Pa., will be streamed online via Mercyhurst Athletics, which is one of the three hosts for the Erie, Pa., Regional Tournament.
THE SCHEDULE FOR ERIE, PA REGIONAL IS BELOW:
Friday, April 8
Match 1 – #1 McKendree vs. Bowie State, 9 a.m. ET (Lanes 5-6)
Match 2 – Mount St. Mary’s vs. Medaillie, 9 a.m. ET (Lanes 21-22)
Match 3 – Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 3:00 p.m. ET (Lanes 19-20)
Match 4 – Loser Match 1 vs. Loser Match 2, 3 p.m. ET (Lanes 7-8)
Saturday, April 9
Match 5 – Winner Match 4 vs. Loser Match 2, 9 a.m. ET (Lanes 9-10)
Match 6 (Regional Final) – Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 5, 3 p.m. ET (Lanes 7-8)
Match 7 (If Necessary) – Winner Match 6 vs. Loser Match 6, TBA
The regional championship page can be found here.
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