JONESBORO, Ark. (1/14/18) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team wrapped up competition at its host tournament, the Mid-Winter Invitational, Sunday at Hijinx Family Entertainment Center in Jonesboro with a fourth-place finish.
A-State (36-16) squared off against Tulane in its first match of the day and the match was tied 3-3 (232-184, 160-167, 159-179, 179-171, 179-142, 186-196) through six games. The Red Wolves bowled an impressive 279 in the decisive game seven opposed to the Green Wave’s 192 to take the match 4-3.
The team advanced to play Sam Houston State in its next match and fell behind 2-0 (157-179, 198-246) to the Bearkats. However, Arkansas State notched three straight wins (208-194, 237-222, 215-181) for a 3-2 edge before SHSU took game six 233-204. However, A-State bowled a 216 to Sam Houston’s 184 in game seven for its second consecutive 4-3 win.
The Red Wolves moved on to play Vanderbilt in the third-place match but lost a close 194-191 game one before the team rebounded with a 245-179 win in game two. However, the Commodores took control of the match with a pair of wins by scores of 247-194 and 215-184 in games three and four, respectively. The teams tied 196-196 in game five before Vandy claimed game six by just two pins (226-224) for a 4.5-1.5 victory to earn third place.
“I’m very proud of the first two matches,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “It’s a good sign that we were able to win a couple of game sevens under pressure against two really good teams in Tulane and Sam Houston. However, I was disappointed with the loss to Vanderbilt, but we tied one game and lost two others by a combined five pins so it could have easily went our way with a break or two.”
McKendree swept Nebraska to win the tournament championship. Nebraska ended the event 12-1, while McKendree was 10-3. A-State’s 9-4 mark in the competition was tied for third best with Jackson State.
“Obviously fourth place is not where we want to finish in any tournament, much less our home tournament,” Kostick added. “That said, we had another loaded field and 20 teams was the most we’ve had so fourth isn’t a bad finish by any means. We were able to pick up some nice wins over ranked teams and we bowled pretty well. If we had gotten a few more breaks we could have been playing for the championship, but that’s how bowling goes. All in all, it wasn’t a bad showing coming right out of winter break so hopefully we can build on this and get better.”
Arkansas State returns to action Jan. 19-21 at the Kutztown Invitational in Reading, Pa.
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