KUTZTOWN – The Kutztown University women’s bowling team enters the 2018-19 campaign nationally-ranked for the 11th-straight season, voted No. 24 in the Preseason National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll (NTCA), as announced on Wednesday.
The Golden Bears finished last season with a 72-45 overall record, including wins against nine top-25 ranked teams and two inside the top-10. Additionally, the .615 winning percentage was the best for the program since 2013 as KU ended the season ranked No. 22 nationally and No. 6 in Division II.
Looking at the upcoming season, Kutztown returns two of its top bowlers from a season ago in Angela Kozma and Keanna Delp. Kozma, a junior, has been an All-East Coast Conference (ECC) selection in each of her two seasons in Maroon and Gold, earning first and second team honors, respectively. Delp, a sophomore, earned a KU-record four ECC Rookie of the Week awards during her freshman campaign.
Other returners which will play a critical role for Kutztown include Laura Hartley, Dana Henry, Megan Bauter, Alexis Case and Ella Luzzi. Fans can also expect head coach Joe Ambrose’s freshman class of eight new Golden Bears to be a factor in the 2018-19 season.
In addition to its No. 24 national ranking, KU enters the season ranked No. 7 in Division II/III.
The 2017-2018 NCAA National Champions, Vanderbilt University, received 32 out of 40 votes to take the top spot in this year’s preseason poll. Vanderbilt won its second national championship and just the fourth in school history.
The Maroon and Gold will host the Bud Whitman Memorial Tournament to open its season next weekend at Berks Lanes in Reading on Oct. 13-14.