KENOSHA, Wis. (11/13/16) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team claimed its first title of the season by winning the Warhawk Classic Sunday afternoon at Sheridan Lanes in Kenosha, Wis.
The tournament championship for the Red Wolves (29-8) is their first in three tries this season and the first for the team since last season’s Southland Bowling League Championship.
A-State earned the top seed for Sunday’s bracket play and had to face the second seed, McKendree, to begin play today. Arkansas State won the first two games of the best-of-seven Baker match by scores of 216-162 and 236-178 before the Bearcats got on the board with a 249-227 win. A-State went ahead 3-1 with a 218-189 triumph, but McKendree forced a game six with a 234-172 win. However, the Red Wolves won game six 225-179 to advance to the championship.
The win for A-State earned the team a bye before McKendree was able to beat Vanderbilt to get another shot at the Red Wolves for the championship. The two teams split the first four games of the championship match with A-State earning wins in game one (217-175) and four (234-226), while the Bearcats won games two (235-215) and three (259-204). McKendree won game five 236-213 to take a 3-2 edge, but the Red Wolves won game six 202-188 before claiming a 204-177 triumph in game seven to take home the title.
“The way our system is set up in NCAA bowling, you basically have to win the tournament three different times,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We won the first two days by around 250 pins, then we had to win the first match today against a good McKendree team and then had to turn around and beat them again to earn the trophy. That is a lot of pressure to put on our team and we stepped up each time and made some clutch shots when we needed to. It goes to show how good we really are and you have to give McKendree credit because they had a great weekend, and bowled well in the championship match.”
Jordan Richard and Haley Richard were named to the All-Tournament team after finishing in second place and fourth place, respectively, in the individual standings. Samantha Wallace narrowly missed a spot in sixth, while Brooke Wood was ninth. As a team, A-State went 11-1 in the competition.
“I can’t say enough about our whole team really, but Jordan and Haley had great weekend and made key shots today when we needed them,” continued Kostick. “Brooke stepped up in the championship match in a huge way and Samantha was really solid as well. Jadee Scott-Jones didn’t have the success some of the others had all weekend, but she made some very key shots today and stepped up for us. We’re in a good spot after the first half with our record and it’s really nice to end it with a win.”
Arkansas State returns to action after the winter break with its home tournament, the Mid-Winter Invitational, as its next scheduled event. The event will take place Jan. 13-15 at Hijinx Family Entertainment Center in Jonesboro. Admission is free.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.