On the eve of Sam Houston State's first NCAA Division I women's bowling championships appearance, Bearkat junior Dayna Galganski was honored as the university's first All-America selection in the sport.
The National Ten Pins Coaches Association named Galganski as a honorable mention All-America honoree at the pre-tournament banquet for the NCAA championships Wednesday night in Detroit. She is one of only 25 NCAA Division I bowlers to receive All-America honors.
The North Palm Beach, Florida, product led Sam Houston this year in total pins in team match play as the Bearkats roared to a 68-35 record and a top 10 national ranking. She was named as "Most Valuable" student-athlete at the Florida A&M Rattler Classic after leading the Bearkats to a first place finish and has had a big hand in helping Sam Houston become the only first-year program in the eight-year history of the NCAA championships to earn an Elite Eight berth.
Join the Bearkats in the NCAA tournament are defending national champion Fairleigh Dickinson, Arkansas State, Central Missouri, Kutztown, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Nebraska and Vanderbilt in the field. The three-day event will be be hosted by the University of Detroit Mercy and the Detroit Metro Sports Commission on April 14-16 at the Skore Lanes in Taylor, Michigan.
The inaugural Sam Houston women's bowling team won one tournament, placed in the top three in four others and finished no lower than eighth in any of their appearances.
Action in the NCAA bowling tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday morning with the eight teams dueling in a round-robin schedule of traditional team matches. The won-loss records from those contests will be used to seed bracket play beginning Friday.
Teams will then compete in best-of-seven-games Baker matches in a double-elimination tournament. In the Baker format, each of the five team members, in order, bowls a complete frame until a complete (10-frame) game is bowled. A Baker match tied 3½ games to 3½ games after seven games will be decided by a tiebreaker using the Modified Baker format.
All matches will be available live on NCAA.com. The NCAA Championship match will air Sunday, April 17 on ESPN. The finals will air on tape delay at 1:30 p.m. central.