Friday, March 16, 2007
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced today its seedings for the 2007 MEAC Bowling Championship, to be held on March 23-25 at the AMF Military Lanes in Norfolk, Va. Defending MEAC Champion Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) earned the first seed for the second straight year.
The Lady Hawks will vie for their second consecutive title and third overall. UMES posted a 31-6 record in conference play and earned their highest ranking in the school history this year with a fifth place position in the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll. The Lady Hawks are currently ranked sixth in the latest NTCA poll.
#14 Bethune-Cookman earned the second seed after finishing conference play with a 30-6 mark. As leaders of the southern region, the Lady Wildcats were undefeated at 10-0 at the MEAC round-up. Bethune-Cookman will seek its first title since the 2005 season.
North Carolina A&T (24-12), winners of four MEAC bowling titles, are the third seed. The Lady Aggies have finished among the top three at four of their events this season. #15 Morgan State, runner-ups at last year’s championship, earned the fourth seed. The Lady Bears earned a 22-15 conference record and have ranked as high as #14 in the NTCA polls this season.
Delaware State will compete as the fifth seed. The Lady Hornets competed in the semifinals of last year’s tournament before falling to Morgan State. This season, the Lady Hornets were also ranked nationally with a #19 spot in a NTCA poll earlier this year.
South Carolina State (19-17), Hampton (15.5-21.5) and Florida A&M (14-22) round out the championship bracket.
Only the top eight teams in the conference will go on to play in the championship tournament. Teams are seeded one through eight and the seedings are determined by overall conference records. Howard (12-25), Norfolk State (8-28), and Coppin State (2-35) have been eliminated from tournament play by virtue of their conference records.
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