SMYRNA, Tenn. (3/19/17) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team couldn’t overcome McKendree as the Red Wolves lost to the Bearcats twice on Sunday, including the championship match of the Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn.
A-State (79-31) began the day with a match against the top-ranked team in the country in McKendree, but started off slow with a 212-188 loss to begin the match. The Red Wolves bowled better in game two with a 211, but couldn’t top the Bearcats’ score of 214. Down 2-0, Arkansas State dropped the next two games 209-193 and 225-199 to lose the match 4-0.
The Red Wolves faced Stephen F. Austin in their next match for the right to face McKendree in the championship. A-State jumped ahead 3-0 (184-164, 257-197, 207-197) to take control against the Ladyjacks, but Stephen F. Austin posted a game four win 242-224 to stay alive. However, the Red Wolves won game five 236-160 to earn a rematch with the Bearcats for the title.
The rematch didn’t start out the way A-State had hope as the team fell into a 3-0 (212-187, 239-178, 196-191) hole versus McKendree. The Red Wolves were able to bounce back to take game four 205-167, but dropped a close game five 218-207 to finish as the runner-up.
“We put ourselves in a bad position both matches against McKendree,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “You can’t afford to do that against a team as good as them. It’s a little disappointing to finish second after what we did the first two days, but placing second out of 35 teams with almost every ranked team here is something to be proud of. We had some good wins this weekend and I think we’ll be able to carry it over into the league tournament next weekend.”
A-State’s Julia Huren made her first career all-tournament team and won the MVP for the event after averaging 228 per game and registering a total pinfall of 1,140.
The Red Wolves return to action March 24-26 in the Southland Bowling League Championship. Arkansas State is hosting the event at Hijinx Family Entertainment Center in Jonesboro.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.