ST. LOUIS, Mo. (4/13/18) – The third-seeded Arkansas State women’s bowling team fell to Sam Houston State 2-0 to end its quest for its first national championship as they finished in a tie for fifth place for the fifth straight season.
The Red Wolves ended the season with an 88-36 record with the 88 wins representing the third most in program history. This year's NCAA Tournament was A-State's 11th straight appearance.
A-State dropped a 988-890 traditional match to Sam Houston State to begin the day as Jordan Richard (209) and Jadee Scott-Jones (202) both knocked over 200 pins. The Red Wolves had a chance of tying during the total-pin Baker match, but lost a tight 979-944 battle to drop the match to the Bearkats 2-0 and end their season in the process.
“We had a lot of pressure with our lives on the line today,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We came into this tournament on a high after just winning the conference championship and crushed the first set. We had a good run but we just didn’t play well enough for the last two sets.”
A-State is losing five seniors in Jordan Richard, Haley Richard, Jadee Scott-Jones, Jordan Kasza and Nicole Mikaelian. The Red Wolves return three letterwinners and have a strong recruiting class set to join the team next fall.
Sam Houston State advanced to play Vanderbilt and while Nebraska, who beat North Carolina A&T today in an elimination match, will have to square off against McKendree in the national semifinals.
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.