HOUSTON, Texas (11/4/18) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team finished in third place after a 3-0 day in bracket play at the Track Kat Klash hosted by Sam Houston State at the Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas.
The Red Wolves improved their record to 16-9 on the season, which included a 9-3 mark in this tournament.
In the third matchup against Maryland Eastern Shore, A-State took the matchup 4-1 in the best-of-seven Baker format. The Red Wolves took an early 1-0 lead with a 199-147 win the first game and then had an impressive 204-144 victory in game two. Maryland Eastern shore edged out a 169-168 victory in game three, but Arkansas State responded with a 185-155 mark in game four and then a 216-187 win in game five to take home third place.
“We are getting better and the team is starting to come together,” A-State bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We are still a very young team and we have a lot of work to do to get to the level we want to be to see the improvements we have made from last week to this week is a good sign.”
The Red Wolves entered the final day of competition in sixth place but opened the morning with a 4-1 victory over Tulane. A-State opened with a 226-190 win in the game before the Green Wave responded to take game two 173-162. Arkansas responded with an impressive 222-204 mark in game three and then edged out a 182-178 win to go up 3-1 in the match. They closed out the match with a 193-177 win in the fifth game to move on.
In the next round against Stephen F. Austin, the Red Wolves won a back-and-forth matchup against Stephen F. Austin 4-3. The Red Wolves opened with a 179-172 victory in game one, but the Lady Lumberjacks rallied back for a strong performance in game two to take a 234-180 win. A-State came back in game three to win a close one at 228-225 and then dominated SFA in fourth game 235-168.
The Lady Lumberjacks refused to go down without a fight, however, and narrowly kept themselves in the match with a 222-221 win in the fifth game and then forced a decisive seventh with a 268-182 win in game six. A-State responded to the pressure and cruised to a 234-190 in game seven to earn a spot in the third-place game against Maryland Eastern Shore.
Arkansas State closes out its fall schedule next week with a trip to Milwaukee, Wis., to compete in the Warhawk Classic Nov. 9-11.
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.