Pair of MEAC Bowling teams earn trip to the NCAA Bowling Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A pair of MEAC bowling programs will appear in the 2024 NCAA Women’s Bowling National Collegiate Championship as the 18-team bracket was unveiled Wednesday afternoon.
2024 NCAA Bowling Bracket

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, fresh off its first MEAC bowling championship since 2019 and 11th overall, will compete in the Pittsburgh Regional. MEAC Tournament runners-up North Carolina A&T State will compete in the Arlington, Texas Regional. 

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (70-40), ranked No. 12 in the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Top 25 Poll, defeated North Carolina A&T State, 4-2, in the MEAC Bowling Championship final to clinch the league’s automatic bid. Maryland Eastern Shore boasts the MEAC Most Outstanding Bowler Brooke Roberts. 

UMES will face off against Duquesne (68-32) on Friday, April 5 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Dukes are led by the NEC Bowler of the Year Kiearra Saldi, while Maribeth Baker was selected as the NEC Rookie of the Year. Duquesne is ranked No. 8 in the NTCA Coaches Poll. 

The No. 4 Aggies (89-30) of North Carolina A&T State will face the winner of the play-in match between Alabama State and Belmont Abbey on Friday, April 5, in Arlington, Texas. 

The 2024 NCAA Championship features an 18-team double-elimination tournament. Automatic bids were handed out to 10 conferences, while eight other teams earned at-large bids. Split into four regions, including two sites with four teams and two with five squads, take place Thursday, April 4, to Saturday, April 6. The four winners will advance to the NCAA Championship finals in Allen Park, Mich., at Thunderbowl Lanes Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. 

Regional action will take place from April 4-6 in double-elimination Mega Match format, and the winner of each regional will advance to the National Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan on April 12-13.