NEC MEET #1
Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 2
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania | ABC West Lanes
Both days of the tournament will be streamed live on the Mount Bowling Facebook account.
The Northeast Conference field includes five nationally-ranked teams in #9 Fairleigh Dickinson, #12 Sacred Heart, #13 Saint Francis U, #19 LIU Brooklyn, and #20 Duquesne, along with St. Francis Brooklyn, which received top-25 votes in the latest poll.
The Mount will play each team in the conference once in a best-of-seven baker format spanning Saturday and Sunday. The Mountaineers will take on St. Francis Brooklyn, #12 Sacred Heart, and #9 Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, before facing #20 Duquesne, #19 LIU Brooklyn, and #13 Saint Francis U to round things out on Sunday. The top-five teams in the conference standings after the second NEC tournament in February will head to the NEC Championships, with the winner getting an automatic bid to NCAA Nationals.
The Mountaineers, who are 32-12 in their inaugural season, currently own the #15 ranking in the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) Power Index Rankings, which takes into account various factors, including a team's win-loss percentage and strength of opponents. The Mount's most recent competition was at the Hawk Classic, which featured six of the nation's top-10 teams. The Mount placed 13th, which was the best finish among unranked teams at the tournament. On the opening day of competition, Ashley Santos led the squad with a 19.39 baker frame average and Rebecca Dodson notched an 18.08. The following day, a pair of broken program records highlighted the afternoon for the Mountaineers. A win against #11 North Carolina A&T marked the team's highest-ranked opponent beaten in program history, while a 1,045 set against #19 LIU Brooklyn set a new high five-game total for the team. Dodson was the team's top-finish on day two, rolling a 967 (193.40 average) series for five games. On the final day of the tournament, the Mount opened with a 4-1 loss to #24 Kutztown in best-of-seven baker, but responded with a 4.5-3.5 victory over Youngstown State before avenging its loss to Kutztown, this time beating the Golden Bears by a 4-2 margin to take 13th place.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Rebecca Dodson was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week last Friday after leading the Mountaineers at the Hawk Classic hosted by Maryland Eastern Shore. The rookie peaked during Sunday's best-of-seven baker play, averaging 21.15 pins per frame over the course of three matches. Dodson kicked off the tournament's final day by firing strikes on each of her first nine attempts. One day earlier, she paced the Mount in traditional team competition. Dodson accounted for a 193.4 game average that included a 202-pin performance in a victory over Youngstown State. Her high game (217) came as the Mount topped the 1,000-pin mark against NEC opponent Brooklyn.
The NEC Tournament rounds out the fall semester for the Mountaineers, as they are off from competition until January 18-20 when they head to the Kutztown Invite.