SMYRNA, Tenn. (3/18/17) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team posted a 5-0 record in the second day of the Columbia 300 Music City Classic and remained atop the event’s leaderboard as Julia Huren claimed the tournament MVP honors with the highest score in the individual standings.

Huren, a freshman from Westland, Mich., earned her first career all-tournament team and MVP honors with a total pinfall of 1,140 for a 228 per game average in a field that featured 237 bowlers. All five of A-State’s bowlers finished in the top 50 of the individual standings.

“It’s a great accomplishment for Julia to win the MVP as a freshman in any event,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “For her to do it in the biggest field of the year is all the more impressive.”

A-State (78-29) defeated No. 8 Maryland Eastern Shore 923-873 to begin the day before a 980-559 win over Alabama A&M. Brooke Wood led the team with a 208 in the first match before Huren posted a 233 in the second match. The Red Wolves kept the momentum going with a 1,023-768 triumph over Lincoln University (Mo.) with Huren posting another 233 and Jadee Scott-Jones rolling a 212.

Arkansas State registered an impressive 1,018-945 win over No. 1 McKendree in its fourth match of the day and saw Huren and Scott-Jones lead the team again with scores of 229 and 217, respectively. The team finished the day hot with a 1,127-905 victory over Elmhurst. Huren and Jordan Richard both bowled a score of 258 apiece to pace the Red Wolves in their final match, while Haley Richard recorded a 231.

“We got out of the gates a little slow today, but we hit the burn much better today,” added Kostick. “The lanes played harder today overall, but we were able to adjust and finish strong.”

The Red Wolves have a total pinfall of 10,155 to lead the field, while McKendree is second with 9,942 pins. Host school Vanderbilt is third (9,904), while Stephen F. Austin (9,651) and Sacred Heart (9,596) round out the top five. A-State and McKendree are the only two teams with 9-1 records.

Sunday’s final day of competition features a best-of-seven Baker format tournament to determine the champion of the event. Action is scheduled to get underway at the Smyrna Bowling Center at 8:30 a.m.

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.