NCAA Bracket | NCAA Championship RecordsST. LOUIS – The NCAA Women’s Bowling Committee announced today the ten teams vying for the 2018 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship. The Southland Bowling League earned three of those spots, including Arkansas State, Vanderbilt and Sam Houston State. Six of the teams in the field have been granted automatic qualification, with the remaining teams being selected at-large. Four teams will compete in opening-round play-in matches to finalize the eight-team bracket. The championship matches will be played April 12-14 at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis, Mo., hosted by University of Central Missouri and the St. Louis Sports Commission. Vanderbilt and Sam Houston State earned the fourth and fifth seeds, respectively, and face each other in the first round. The Commodores are making their league-best 13th straight NCAA postseason appearance, second in the nation only to Nebraska. The Bearkats are appearing in their sixth consecutive and seventh overall NCAA tournament. The seeded field includes the following teams: All first-round matches are set for 9 a.m. CT starts on April 12 and will be streamed live via NCAA.com. The play-in matches will take place April 6, which include Lincoln Memorial hosting Texas Southern and Saint Francis (Pa.) hosting Bowie State. The championship final will air live at 5:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 14 on ESPNU and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 on ESPN2. Teams will be seeded and placed into the bracket, with two spots being determined after the completion of the play-in matches. Southland Bowling League champion Arkansas State earned an automatic bid and the No. 3 seed after sweeping Stephen F. Austin in Dallas for the 2018 title Sunday. The Red Wolves are appearing in their 11th-straight National Collegiate Bowling Championship and are set to face No. 6 North Carolina A&T in the first round. The championship bracket is double-elimination, with each round consisting of a best-of-three match that includes the use of three team game formats – baker total pinfall, five-person team match and a best-of-seven baker match play. Nebraska McKendree Arkansas State Vanderbilt Sam Houston State North Carolina A&T Saint Francis (Pa.) Lincoln Memorial Bowie State Texas Southern McKendree won its first National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship in 2017 at Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, La., defeating Nebraska. Vanderbilt and Sam Houston State both advanced to the semifinals last year. The Commodores fell to Nebraska 4.5-2.5 while the Bearkats bowed out to McKendree 4-3. The champion will be determined using a best-of-seven baker match play.