HOUSTON, Texas (11/6/16) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team lost a tough match to Vandy to open bracket play Sunday, but bounced back to win two matches and claim third place at the Kat Klash being held at Emerald Lanes in Houston, Texas.

A-State (18-7) took a 2-0 edge on 214-166 and 222-165 wins in their first match of the day against Vanderbilt, but the Commodores got on the board with a 216-193 win in the third game. The Red Wolves won game four 218-195, but dropped the next two (210-205 and 259-179) to force a decisive game seven. The team came up one pin short at 201-200 to lose the match to Vandy.

However, Arkansas State rolled to a 4-0 (226-217, 194-172, 194-179, 201-165) victory over Central Missouri to set up a rematch with Vanderbilt for third place in the tournament after the Commodores lost to Nebraska in seven games.

The two teams split the first two games in the rematch with A-State winning game one 225-186 and Vandy taking game two 193-174. However, the Red Wolves dominated after that with three straight wins (204-189, 237-162, and 234-192) to claim a 4-1 triumph and third place in the event.

“I’m proud of this team’s resolve,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We lost a heartbreaking match to Vanderbilt in the first match. It was a match we should have won, but we came up on the losing side. However, to come back the way we did the next two matches and beating Vanderbilt in the last match shows how much grit this team has.”

The host school, Sam Houston State, took home the title with a 4.5-1.5 win over Nebraska. Central Missouri won the fifth-place match over Prairie View A&M. A-State’s 11-3 record was half a game behind SHSU’s 11-2 mark for the best in the tournament.

The Red Wolves return to action next weekend at the Warhawk Classic being hosted by Wisconsin-Whitewater Nov. 11-13 in Kenosha, Wis.

Fans can keep up with the Arkansas State women’s bowling team by following the squad on Twitter (@stAtebowling) and by liking the Arkansas State Women’s Bowling page on Facebook.