#11 WPU Favored to Advance as Sectional Bids Announced

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

Oskaloosa–The Statesmen men’s bowling team will be one of the top squads next month when it competes at the XBowling Intercollegiate Team Sectionals.

The Statesmen, ranked #11 on the collegebowling.com website, will travel to Fort Worth, Texas for the 20-team tournament that runs from March 15-16 at Cityview Lanes. The tournament is a Baker format consisting of 64 total games–32 each day.

It is William Penn’s fourth sectionals trip in its five-year existence on the lanes.

The other sectionals will be held at Allentown, Pa., Addison, Ill., and Smyrna, Tenn. Top-ranked Robert Morris (Ill.) and #2 Webber International (Fla.) will headline the toughest sectional as both go to Allentown.

#3 Notre Dame (Ohio) and #5 Lindenwood (Mo.) top the Smyrna group, while #4 Midland (Neb.) is the highest-ranked program going to Fort Worth. On paper, the Addison sectional is the easiest with #7 McKendree (Ill.) being the best team traveling there.

Behind Midland and #6 Wichita State (Kan.), William Penn will be the third-highest group at Cityview Lanes.

The remainder of the Fort Worth field includes: #12 Marian (Ind.), #18 Fresno State (Calif.), #22 West Texas A&M, #23 Newman (Kan.), #25 Arizona State, #30 Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), #34 North Texas, #53 Texas Tech, #54 Iowa Central CC, #57 Emmanuel (Ga.), #60 Bethel (Tenn.), #65 Central Oklahoma, #68 AIB, #77 New Mexico, #81 Highland CC (Kan.), #83 Southwestern Christian, and #84 Victory (Tenn.).

The Statesmen will be paced by Cameron Foster (Sr., West Jordan, Utah, Business Management), who is currently ranked #23 in the nation with a 211.1 average.

Sectional assignments are based on Team Ranking System points. Fields are determined by taking geographic distance, economics, and field size into consideration. To sort teams evenly throughout each sectional, the USBC attempts to place no more than two of the top eight schools and no more than four of the top 16 schools in a sectional based on final TRS totals.

The top four teams from each of the four sectionals advance to the XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships, which will be held April 16-18 at Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev.

In addition, the four sites will also host the XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Sectionals on March 14 with individuals bowling six games.

The top 24 men and the top 16 women–top four from each sectional plus eight additional men based on size of field at each location–advance to the national singles championship on April 14 and 18 in Reno.

For more information, go to http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622321091

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