Sam Houston State became the first women's bowling program to earn NCAA Division I national top 10 ranking in the team's inaugural two seasons.

The final National Ten Pin Coaches Association coaches' poll for 2012 has been announced and the Bearkats stand No. 9 in the final rankings.

Maryland-Eastern Shore (108-36) ended No. 1 in the rankings with Fairleigh-Dickinson (111-32), Vanderbilt (94-40), Nebraska (76-24) and Arkansas State (84-29) rounding out the top five.

Valparaiso (84-44), Central Missouri (81-43), Sacred Heart (79-39), Sam Houston (79-35) and Stephen F. Austin (62-48) complete the top 10.

"We had a great season," Sam Houston State head coach Brad Hagen said. "Our winning percentage was up and we still remain as one of the 'winningest' teams nationally during the part two seasons in NCAA Women's Collegiate Bowling. That's pretty great considering we are still the new guys."

Teams ranked 11-20 in the final poll are (in order) Norfolk State, New Jersey City, Kutztown, Delaware State, Adelphi, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Alabama A&M, Bethune-Cookman, Prairie View A&M and Monmouth.