Sectional Assignments Announced for 2018 Intercollegiate Team Championships

by Aaron Smith, USBC Communications 0

ARLINGTON, Texas - The sectional assignments for the 2018 Intercollegiate Team Championships have been determined based on results during the United States Bowling Congress Collegiate season.

The sectional qualifiers will take place at four sites on March 10-11 - 30 Strikes in Stratford, New Jersey; Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tennessee; St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Illinois; and USA Bowl in Dallas.

The top four men's and top four women's teams from each sectional will advance to the ITC, which will be held April 18-21 at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Calumet, the top-ranked team in the men's field, will head to the Fairview Heights Sectional, while Wichita State earned the top spot in the women's final ranking and will travel to Dallas.

The complete men's and women's Intercollegiate Team Championships Sectional Qualifier field (teams listed in alphabetical order):

MEN
Stratford Sectional

Adrian, Bowling Green State, Concordia, Erie CC, Georgian, Hudson Valley CC, Indiana Institute of Technology, Morehead State, Northwestern Ohio, Notre Dame-Ohio, Penn State, Rochester Institute of Technology, Schenectady County CC, Siena Heights, St. John's, Stevens Institute of Technology, Stony Brook, Toledo, Urbana, Webber International, William Paterson, Wright State

Smyrna Sectional
Ball State, Bethel, Emmanuel, Florida State, Huntington, Indiana, Lawrence Tech, Lincoln Memorial, Lindsey Wilson, Louisville, Martin Methodist, Michigan State, Ohio State, Pikeville, Rio Grande, Robert Morris-Illinois, Savannah College of Art and Design-Savannah, St. Francis-Illinois, Union, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Fairview Heights Sectional
Aquinas, Arizona State, Calumet, Campbellsville, Clarke, Davenport, Grand View, Highland CC, Judson, Lindenwood, Marian, Minnesota State-Mankato, Mount Mercy, Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, St. Ambrose, Vincennes, Waldorf, Western Illinois, Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dallas Sectional
Grand Canyon, Hastings, Iowa Central CC, Kansas Wesleyan, Louisiana State, McKendree, Midland, Morningside, Nevada-Las Vegas, Newman, San Jose State, Southwestern Christian, Spring Hill, West Texas A&M, Wichita State, William Penn

WOMEN
Stratford Sectional

Adrian, Bowling Green State, Concordia, Delaware State, Duquesne, Hudson Valley CC, Indiana Institute of Technology, Kutztown, Morehead State, Muskingum, Notre Dame-Ohio, Sacred Heart, Schenectady County CC, Siena Heights, Urbana, Webber International, Wright State

Smyrna Sectional
Alabama-Birmingham, Alma, Bethel, Cumberlands, Emmanuel, Florida State, Huntington, Lindsey Wilson, Martin Methodist, Maryland Eastern Shore, North Carolina A&T, Pikeville, Robert Morris-Illinois, Savannah College of Art and Design-Savannah, St. Francis-Illinois, Union

Fairview Heights Sectional
Ancilla, Aquinas, Calumet, Campbellsville, Clarke, Grand View, Judson, Lindenwood, Marian, Mount Mercy, Purdue, Saint Xavier, St. Ambrose, Stephen F. Austin, Tulane, Viterbo, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Dallas Sectional
Baker, Grand Canyon, Hastings, Iowa Central CC, McKendree, Midland, Morningside, Newman, Ottawa, Spring Hill, West Texas A&M, Wichita State, William Penn

Sectional assignments are based on Team Ranking System (TRS) points earned throughout the USBC Collegiate season. USBC Collegiate 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 the final TRS totals. Sectional qualifier fields take geographic distance, economics and field size into consideration.

The sectional format consists of 32 Baker games each day for a total of 64 Baker games. Total pinfall for the 64 games will determine which teams advance to the ITC.

In addition, the four centers will host qualifying for the 2018 Intercollegiate Singles Championships on March 9. Student-athletes at each of the four sectional events will bowl six games with 24 men and 24 women - the top four men and top four women at each sectional plus eight additional individuals based on sectional field size - advancing to the national singles tournament on April 17-18 (qualifying and match-play rounds) and April 21 (semifinals and finals) at Sun Valley Lanes.

The championship rounds at the ITC and ISC will be taped for broadcast April 21 and will air nationally on CBS Sports Network starting April 24.

The women's singles show will air April 24, and the men's singles broadcast will air May 1. The women's team final will air May 8, and the men's ITC on May 15 will conclude the collegiate broadcasts.

All shows are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Eastern.

For more information on USBC Collegiate, visit BOWL.com/Collegiate.

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