DALLAS, Texas (3/22/19) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling went 1-1 after the first day of competition at the Southland Bowling League Championship.

The third-ranked Red Wolves began the day with a 2-0 sweep over No. 6 Youngstown State in the mega match format, but then fell in a close contest to Sam Houston State to fall into Saturday’s Advancer’s Bracket.

In the mega match format, teams play a traditional game followed immediately by a five-game Baker based on total pin fall. If one teams wins both, the match is over. If they split, they move to a best four of seven Baker series to determine a winner

Against Youngstown State, A-State claimed a 960-917 in the traditional format behind a pair of 200-plus performances from Denishya Waller (216) and Montana Meyer (202). In the baker format, Arkansas State continued with the solid bowling and cruised to a 1045-949 to clinch the match and advance to take on No. 2 Sam Houston State in the quarterfinal round.

In what proved to be the most tightly contested match of the afternoon, the Bearkats won the traditional match 886-881 to take an early 1-0 lead in the match, but A-State came roaring  back in the baker format and topped Sam Houston State 1072-1026 to force the best of seven series.

The Bearkats again took an early advantage and jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but the Red Wolves fought back in game five to close with 3-2, but SHSU closed out the match in six to move into the semifinals against No. 1 Vanderbilt.

With the loss, Arkansas State fell into the advancers bracket and will play No. 7 Louisiana Tech with the winner taking on the winner of No. 5 Tulane and No. 4 Stephen F. Austin.

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.