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PRAIRIE VIEW – Prairie View A&M bowling is no stranger to the postseason stage, and that’s going to be the case for at least the next six years.

The NCAA announced its future championship sites through 2026 earlier this week, and PVAMU is set to serve as a regional round host for the NCAA Women’s Bowling National Championship.

Said round would be held at the Bowling International Research and Training Center in Arlington, Texas, a site the Lady Panthers are quite familiar with as the venue hosts the Prairie View A&M Invitational as well as the Southwestern Athletic Conference Women’s Bowling Tournament. Should the Lady Panthers continue their recent run of success, this could potentially afford the Lady Panthers a home-lane advantage, provided they march through the SWAC.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity of hosting one of the first ever regional competitions for our sport,” PVAMU Head Bowling Coach and NCAA Women’s Bowling Committee Chairman Glenn White said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to follow through with it last year because the pandemic hit the scene. I’m also hopeful that we can be a competitive participant if we win our conference.”

Additionally, the announcement places Prairie View at the forefront of unprecedented visibility and expansion of the sport as this will be the first time such a format will be used – the regional rounds feature 16 teams split into four regions for double-elimination play -- instead of customary play-in matches. A similar format was scheduled to debut in 2020 – with PVAMU serving as a regional round host – but as White noted, the tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This isn’t the first instance that PVAMU has hosted a NCAA championship, and though the accomplishment is meaningful all the same, White indicated that the program’s primary focus for now is upcoming play.

“This however will not be the first time that Prairie View A&M bowling has hosted an NCAA Championship event,” he said. “We were the host of the second NCAA Bowling Championship Tournament held in Houston in 2006. Right now, we’re just really looking forward to getting started with our first competition in a couple of weeks.”

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