Emmitsburg, Md. – The Mount St. Mary's University women's bowling team has announced its schedule for the 2019-20 season, as the Mountaineers prepare to follow-up an inaugural season that saw them reach the #19 national ranking.
"This schedule serves us well for many reasons," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "We were able to craft a challenging schedule that only once has us competing three weekends in a row, but also never gives us more than one weekend in a row off. I believe this is the perfect balance of keeping us sharp, while at the same time not overworking us. We are excited to return to tournaments that treated us well last season, as well as attend new tournaments that will help bring this program to new heights."
The 2019-20 campaign will begin in October, as the Mountaineers look to defend their title at the Bud Whitman Memorial hosted by Chestnut Hill (Oct. 12-13). The Mount's home tournament, the Mount Shootout (Oct. 19-20), will change locations to accommodate a bigger field at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md. The Mount then travels south for the Virginia Union Invitational (Nov. 1-3), before beginning conference play at the first Northeast Conference meet of the season (Nov. 9-10). The stacked Stallings Invitational hosted by North Carolina A&T State (Nov. 15-17) and a second NEC meet (Dec. 7-8) round out the first semester of competition.
A historic trip to Las Vegas kicks off the winter semester, as the Mount will host the first ever NCAA bowling tournament in the Sin City with the Stormin' Blue & White Vegas Classic (Jan. 10-12) at the iconic South Point Bowling Plaza. The Mountaineers will return to the Red Flash Invitational (Jan. 24-26) hosted by Saint Francis U before attending the Bowl for the Cure (Feb. 1-2) hosted by Molloy College. Morgan State's James Brown Invitational (Feb. 14-16) and a third and final NEC meet (Feb. 22-23) complete the regular season.
If the Mount finishes the regular season as one of the top-64 teams in the United States Bowling Congress power rankings, they will qualify for ITC Sectionals March 13-16 at a TBA location. The top-four teams at each of the four locations will receive an invite to the ITC national championships (April 15-18) in Grand Rapids, Mich. Last season, the Mountaineers went to the Chicago sectional and finished 5th out of 19 teams, one spot away from a national invite.
The top-five teams after 18 matches in NEC round robin play will qualify for the NEC Championships (March 20-22) in Hamilton, N.J. The champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships (April 9-11) in Detroit, Mich. Last season, the Mount finished second in regular season standings and made it all the way to the championship match before falling to Sacred Heart.