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Southland Bowling League

The Southland Bowling League (SBL) is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) bowling-only conference. The SBL was founded in 2015 for schools that sponsor women's bowling teams, but do not have bowling sponsored by their primary conferences. The SBL champion has received an automatic bid to the NCAA Bowling Championship since the NCAA first awarded such bids in 2018. While the conference operates independently, administrative services are provided by the Southland Conference.[1][2]

Southland Bowling League
SBL
Southland Bowling League logo
Established2015
AssociationNCAA
DivisionNational Collegiate
Members8
Sports fielded
HeadquartersFrisco, Texas
WebsiteSouthland Bowling

The SBL has received at least three bids to the NCAA Championship in each season since it began play in 2015. Following the inaugural SBL Championship, four league teams (Arkansas State, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, and Vanderbilt) received at-large bids to the 2015 NCAA Championships, filling half of the eight available spots.[3][4] The same four teams would receive at-large bids to the 2016 NCAA Bowling Championships[5] and 2017 NCAA Bowling Championships.[6] In 2018, the first year for automatic bids to the NCAA Championship and also the first year for a 10-team championship event, Vanderbilt earned the automatic bid and Arkansas State and Sam Houston State received at-large bids. In 2019, Sam Houston State earned the automatic bid, while Arkansas State, Stephen F. Austin, and Vanderbilt received at-large bids.[7]

MembersEdit

School Location Founded Type Approximate
Enrollment
Joined Nickname Primary conference
Arkansas State University Jonesboro, AR 1909 Public 13,600 2015 Red Wolves Sun Belt Conference
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA 1894 Public 11,300 2015 Lady Techsters Conference USA
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX 1879 Public 19,600 2015 Bearkats Southland Conference
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX 1921 Public 13,000 2015 Ladyjacks Southland Conference
Tulane University New Orleans, LA 1834 Private 13,500 2015 Green Wave American Athletic Conference
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN 1859 Private
(Independent Lutheran)
4,500 2015 Crusaders Missouri Valley Conference
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 1873 Private 12,700 2015 Commodores Southeastern Conference
Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH 1908 Public 11,400 2018 Penguins Horizon League

On August 7, 2018, Southland Bowling League and Youngstown State University announced that Youngstown State's bowling program was joining the league for competition beginning in the 2018-2019 season. Youngstown State replaces Monmouth, who accepted an invitation to join the MEAC.[8]

Former MembersEdit

School Location Founded Type Approximate
Enrollment
Nickname Joined Left Primary conference Current bowling conference
Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ 1933 Private 6,200 Hawks 2015 2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

SBL ChampionshipEdit

Year Venue
Location
Champion Runnerup Third Fourth Fifth Seventh
2015[9] Del-Mar Lanes
Houston, TX
Vanderbilt Arkansas State Valparaiso Sam Houston State Monmouth
Stephen F. Austin
Louisiana Tech
Tulane
2016[10] AMF All Star Lanes
Kenner, LA
Arkansas State Sam Houston State Vanderbilt Stephen F. Austin Monmouth
Tulane
Louisiana Tech
Valparaiso
2017[11] Hijinx Lanes
Jonesboro, AR
Vanderbilt Arkansas State Stephen F. Austin Tulane Monmouth
Sam Houston State
Louisiana Tech
Valparaiso
2018[12] USA Bowl Dallas
Dallas, TX
Arkansas State Stephen F. Austin Vanderbilt Monmouth Louisiana Tech
Sam Houston State
Tulane
Valparaiso
2019[13] USA Bowl Dallas
Dallas, TX
Sam Houston State Vanderbilt Stephen F. Austin Arkansas State Louisiana Tech
Tulane
Valparaiso
Youngstown State

All-Tournament TeamsEdit

Year Most Valuable Bowler Team
2015[14] Nicole Mosesso
(Vanderbilt)
Sarah Lokker (Arkansas State) • Sadie Jasinski (Valparaiso) • Stephanie Schwartz (Stephen F. Austin) • Torrie Decker (Valparaiso) • Giselle Poss (Vanderbilt)
2016[15] Jordan Richard
(Arkansas State)
Stephanie Zavala (Sam Houston State) • Brooke Wood (Arkansas State) • Jadee Scott-Jones (Arkansas State) • Carrie Hopkinson (Sam Houston State) • Katelyn Reth (Monmouth)
2017[16] Katie Stark
(Vanderbilt)
Maria Bulanova (Vanderbilt) • Jordan Richard (Arkansas State) • Stephanie Schwartz (Stephen F. Austin) • Janine Kuwahara (Sam Houston State) • Tiera Gulum (Tulane)
2018[17] Jordan Richard
(Arkansas State)
Leah Glazer (Arkansas State) • Stephanie Schwartz (Stephen F. Austin) • Dakota Faichnie (Stephen F. Austin) • Kristin Quah (Vanderbilt) • Jackie Evans (Monmouth)
2019[18] Bea Hernandez
(Sam Houston State)
Madysen Keller (Sam Houston State) • Maria Bulanova (Vanderbilt) • Samantha Gainor (Vanderbilt) • Sarah Gill (Stephen F. Austin) • Denishya Waller (Arkansas State)

NCAA Bowling Championship participationEdit

Source:[19]

Arkansas State – 2008 Runner-up, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Sam Houston State – 2011, 2013, 2014 Champion, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Stephen F. Austin – 2015 Runner-up, 2016 Champion, 2017, 2019 Champion

Valparaiso – 2012

Vanderbilt – 2006, 2007 Champion, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Runner-up, 2012, 2013 Runner-up, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Champion, 2019 Runner-up

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New Southland Bowling League Established". Southland Conference. January 20, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Southland Bowling League Formed". College Sports Business News. January 21, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "Four Southland Bowling League Teams in NCAA Championship Field". Southland Conference. March 26, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "National Collegiate women's bowling championship field for 2015 announced". NCAA. March 25, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "FOUR SOUTHLAND BOWLING LEAGUE TEAMS IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD". Southland Conference. March 30, 2016. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "2017 NCAA Women's Bowling Championship field announced". NCAA. March 29, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Southland Bowling League Lands Four Squads in NCAA Tournament". southland.org. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  8. ^ "Youngstown State Joins Southland Bowling League". Southland Conference. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  9. ^ "2015 Southland Bowling League Championship" (PDF). Southland Conference. March 22, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "2016 Southland Bowling League Championship" (PDF). Southland Conference. March 26, 2016. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  11. ^ "2017 Southland Bowling League Championship" (PDF). Southland Conference. March 26, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "2018 Southland Bowling League Championship" (PDF). Southland Conference. March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "SBL 2019 Bracket - FINAL (PDF) - Southland Conference" (PDF). southland.org. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  14. ^ "Vanderbilt Wins Inaugural Southland Bowling League Championship". Southland Conference. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  15. ^ "No. 1 Arkansas State Claims Southland Bowling League Championship Victory". Southland Conference. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Vanderbilt Downs Defending Champion Red Wolves in Soutland Title Rematch". Southland Conference. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Arkansas State Sweeps Stephen F. Austin for Soutland Bowling Championship". Southland Conference. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Bearkats Finish Perfect to Claim 2019 Southland Bowling Championship". southland.org. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  19. ^ "National Collegiate Bowling" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved March 26, 2018.