JONESBORO, Ark. (2/16/17) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team is set to travel to Richton Park, Ill., for the Crusader Classic at Lakewood Bowl hosted by Valparaiso Feb. 17-19.
Second-ranked A-State joins No. 1 Nebraska and No. 10 Sacred Heart as top-10 teams at the event that features a total of 12 teams. Other ranked teams include No. 11 Central Missouri, No. 13 Tulane, No. 14 Wisconsin-Whitewater, No. 23 Valparaiso and No. 24 Youngstown State. Aurora, Elmhurst, Maryville and Lincoln Memorial complete the tournament field.
Action begins Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. with five sets of five-game Baker matches, followed by five traditional team matches on Saturday morning, beginning at 9:35 a.m. Combined results from Friday and Saturday will determine the seeding for Sunday’s best-of-seven Baker format championship bracket, which begins at 8:30 a.m.
A-State (53-23) is coming off a fifth-place showing at the Stephen F. Austin Stormin’ Ladyjack Invitational. A-State went 8-5 in the event, including come-from-behind victories over Vanderbilt and Wisconsin-Whitewater to claim fifth.
The Red Wolves struggled a bit in last season’s Crusader Classic with a sixth-place finish and an 8-5 mark. The sixth-place finish was the team’s lowest last season. However, Haley Richard made the all-tournament squad and last season’s event was played in November before moving to February this season.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.