ST. LOUIS, Mo. (4/11/18) – Arkansas State teammates, and sisters, Jordan Richard and Haley Richard both received All-American honors during the 2018 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship Banquet Wednesday, while Jordan Richard was named the Player of the Year for the second straight season.
Senior Jordan Richard was named the Division I Player of the Year for the second year in a row, as she also headed a five-player first team of National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) All-Americans.
The Techuseh, Mich., native is concluding a dominating career that has seen her win the Division II/III Player of the Year Award as a freshman at Central Missouri before claiming the honor again last season as a junior. She separated herself from the pack this season by leading the NCAA in strike percentage (56%), traditional average (214.37) and filled frame percentage (89.6%). After earning a spot on five All-Tournament teams throughout the regular season, she also won the Southland Bowling League Conference Championship MVP.
The six total all-tournament honors this season gave her a school-record 19 for her career along with seven MVP accolades, also a school record.
“It’s always great to have your players have success,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We have Jordan, who’s arguably one of the best bowlers in the world, and Haley, who’s also an elite player, going on a national tour.”
Haley Richard, a native of Tecumseh, Mich., was named Second-Team NTCA All-American. She was all-tournament once at the Music City Classic (2nd place), but finished inside the top 10 in four other events. She had a high game of 279 at the Music City Classic. Haley posted a 20.54 overall average per frame during the season. This is her fourth All-American award after honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore before second-team honors last season.
“At the end of the day, we need to remember that we’re here for team goals and not individual goals,” Kostick said. “One of the things we haven’t done yet is win a national title so we have to take care of that this week.”
The Red Wolves began their day with a practice session at Tropicana Lanes along with three other teams in the first block at 9 a.m. The team practiced for two hours and also checked in equipment during the time allotted, as teams also had a brief press conference and a coaches meeting afterwards.
The championship bracket will be double-elimination, with each round consisting of a best-of- three match that includes the use of three team game formats- baker total pin fall, five-person team match, and a best-of- seven baker match play. The champion will be determined using a best-of- seven baker match play.
The championship matches will be played April 12-14 at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis, Missouri. The University of Central Missouri and the St. Louis Sports Commission are the hosts. Tickets for the championship can be purchased on NCAA.com prior to the championship.
The championship final will air at 5:30 p.m. CT, Saturday, April 14 on ESPNU and re-air at 6 p.m. CT, Sunday, April 15 on ESPN2.
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.