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Women's Bowling - Fri, Feb. 26, 2016
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College women's bowling team recently made history by making the field of 64 for the 2016 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC), the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) announced on Wednesday.

Since the program began in 2008, this is the first time the Bulldogs have qualified for the national tournament.

"I am very proud of the hard work my girls have put in this year," said Union coach Brandy Hensley. "We have learned and grown a lot together this season. This has truly been a team effort by everyone involved."

Union will compete in the Smyrna Sectional, which is being held at the Smyrna Bowl in Smyrna, Tenn., on March 11-13. The field of 64 is compiled of teams in both NCAA and NAIA. The other squads in the Smyrna Sectional include: Bellarmine, Bethel (Tenn.), Campbellsville, Cumberlands, Florida State, Lawrence Tech, Lindenwood-Belleville, Marian, North Carolina A&T, Notre Dame-Ohio, Ohio State, Robert Morris-Illinois, Spalding, Spring Hill, St. Catharine, Tulane, Wichita State, and Youngstown State.

The other three sectionals are being held at at Suncoast Casino in Las Vegas; 30 Strikes in Stratford, New Jersey; and Stardust Bowl in Addison, Illinois.

A couple of weeks ago, the Bulldogs competed in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Tournament, advancing to the winners' bracket semifinal round before being eliminated.

Union has made tremendous progress during the 2015-16 season. Following the MSC fall competitions, the Bulldogs were 6-14 in conference play. However, Union posted a 15-5 mark in the spring meets to end the regular season sixth with a 21-19 overall conference record.

"I am happy that my first year as head coach has been successful because of the hard work my girls have put in," added Hensley. "I am excited about what the future holds for Union College bowling."

Sectional assignments are based on the Team Ranking System (TRS) points earned throughout the USBC Collegiate season. USBC Collegiate attempts to place no more than two of the top eight schools and no more than four of the top 16 schools in a sectional based on the final TRS totals. Sectional qualifier fields are determined by taking geographic distance, economics and field size into consideration.

The sectional format consists of 32 Baker games each day for a total of 64 Baker games. Total pinfall for the 64 games will determine which teams advance to the ITC. The top four teams from each sectional will advance to the ITC, which will be held April 20-23 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

In addition, these four centers also will host qualifying for the 2016 Intercollegiate Singles Championships on March 11. Student-athletes at each of the four sectional events will bowl six games with 24 men and 16 women - the top four men and top four women at each sectional plus eight additional selections from the men's field based on the size of the field at each location - advancing to the national singles tournament on April 19 and 23 in Wichita.