MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (11/11/18) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team advance to the championship match of the Warhawk Classic but dropped a thrilling seven-game match to McKendree to finish as the runner-up of the event Sunday afternoon.
A-State (25-13) dropped the first game of the championship to the Bearcats 228-211 but bounced back to even things up at a game each with 195-193 victory in game two. McKendree took the lead back with a 227-190 win in the third game, but A-State won games four (206-205) and five (255-182) to go up 3-2 in the match.
McKendree evened the match at 3-3 with a 279-184 in game six and then clinched the tournament title with a 268-184 win in the decisive seventh game.
“We bowled extremely well today and I could not be more proud of the girls and the effort they gave,” A-State head bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “I couldn’t be happier with the way the team competed in the championship against McKendree and sometimes things just don’t go your way, but the team is starting to see the process and we are making improvements every time we bowl.”
A-State began the day as the No. 2 seed and took on McKendree in the first bracket round match of the day for the right to receive an automatic berth in the championship match. Much like the championship round, the match went to seven games with the Bearcats earning a 6.5-2.5 win after a tie in the third match of the series broke up the scoring cycle.
The Red Wolves then took on Sam Houston State, who defeated Nebraska in seven games, for the right to compete in the championship match against the Bearcats. A-State won the match in five games, cruising to scores of 186-157, 225-232, 194-179, 183-156 and 190-180.
Sophomore Taylor Davis was named to the all-tournament team after finishing second in the individual standings with a total pinfall of 1,177 for a 235.4 average.
A-State returns to the lanes Jan. 11-13 for its home tournament, the Mid-Winter Invitational, at Hijinx in Jonesboro.
Fans can keep up with the Arkansas State women’s bowling team by following the squad on Twitter (@AStateBowling) and by liking the Arkansas State Women’s Bowling page on Facebook.