The Kutztown University women’s bowling team continued its presence among the nationally-ranked teams as it was voted 25th in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll, as announced last week.
The Golden Bears (31-32 overall) were voted 24th to begin the 2018-19 campaign in the preseason poll, the 11th straight year it reached the status of nationally elite.
Kutztown boasts five top-25 victories this season, three of which were against top-10 opponents. KU took down No. 7 University of Maryland Eastern Shore twice, its highest-ranked victory since Mar. 2, 2018, when it defeated No. 6 Delaware State.
Once again, the Maroon and Gold go toe-to-toe with the best of the best, ranking 12th nationally in strength of schedule. They have faced 21 opponents ranked inside the top-25 in matches this season.
Kutztown features a young lineup with no seniors. Juniors Alexis Case, Angela Kozma and Ella Luzzi are experienced leaders on the team. Sophomores Keanna Delp, Laura Hartley and Dana Henry have also contributed in the majority of KU’s matches this season. Freshmen Molly Agnello and Ashley Fister are new to the fold but have made their impacts felt. Fister earned the East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week honors in early Nov.
Kutztown returns to the lanes for the KU Invitational in Limerick on the weekend of January 18-20. A stacked field is expected as 20 of the current top-25 will be competing at the event.