ST. LOUIS, Mo. (4/12/18) – The third-seeded Arkansas State women’s bowling team went 1-1 to close out day one of the 2018 NCAA Bowling Championship held at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis, Mo.
A-State (88-35) quickly swept six-seeded North Carolina A&T, which advanced the team in the winners’ bracket during round two. In the first traditional match, the Red Wolves won by score of 1,112-929 behind leading scorers Taylor Davis (266), Leah Glazer (235) and Jordan Richard (234). The squad used that momentum to carry them into a 1,133-886 win in the five-game Baker match to save their spot in the winners’ bracket.
In round two, the Red Wolves played defending national champion McKendree, who swept Saint Francis University in the first round to solidify their spot. A-State dropped a close traditional match by score of 1,005-1,009 to the Bearcats but bounced back with a 1,148-1,012 win in the second game to tie the match 1-1. Haley Richard (229), Jadee Scott-Jones (216) and Glazer (202) all helped lead A-State to victory.
The 1-1 tie pushed both teams into a final best-of-seven Baker match, where the Bearcats crawled back on top, winning 4-2 (169-203, 233-188, 221-243, 175-176, 235-190, 165-214).
“Average wise, we knocked down more pins in both rounds than all of the other teams here,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We just have to stay focused because we’ve been through this before in the Southland Bowling League Championship. The same aspect applies here, we’re going to be here for a long time and we’ll have to bowl extra matches to make the big show.”
Arkansas State will face Sam Houston State and Nebraska will face North Carolina A&T tomorrow in elimination matches that start at 9 a.m. The winner of the first match will face Vanderbilt, while the winner of the other meets McKendree for at 3 p.m.
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.