Lady Railsplitters ranked No. 3 in DII/DIII poll

Published 4:00 pm Friday, April 27, 2018

WHITEWATER, Wis. — The Lincoln Memorial University women’s bowling team is ranked No. 17 in the final National Tenpin Coaches Association poll of the 2017-18 campaign and No. 3 in the final DII/DIII poll, it was announced by NTCA officials. It marks the highest final national rankings in both polls in the program’s brief two-season history.

The Lady Railsplitters completed their remarkable 2017-18 season with a 72-52 overall record, marking a 31-win improvement from the inaugural 2016-17 campaign. Lincoln Memorial won the first East Coast Conference title in program history and made the program’s first-ever appearance in the National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship, where they were defeated by No. 3 Nebraska and No. 5 Sam Houston State in nail-biting matches. The Lady Railsplitters went 25-7 over their last 32 matches, which included a sensational 10-3 mark in postseason play.

In the final DII/DIII poll, Lincoln Memorial was ranked behind only national runners-up McKendree and fellow East Coast Conference foe Adelphi, who the Lady Railsplitters defeated on their way to the conference tournament title.

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The Lady Railsplitters notched six wins against teams ranked in the top 10 of the final NTCA poll, including two over national champions and No. 1 Vanderbilt. Lincoln Memorial also picked up wins over No. 2 McKendree, No. 4 Arkansas State, No. 6 Stephen F. Austin and No. 8 Maryland Eastern Shore.

The women’s bowling team was recognized as the Female Team of the Year at the third-annual Lincoln Awards on Monday night.