JONESBORO, Ark. (1/13/18) – The Arkansas State bowling team went 4-1 in traditional team matches, finishing in fifth place to end day two of the Mid-Winter Invitational, being held at Hijinx Family Entertainment Center in Jonesboro, behind Haley Richard’s 1,107 sum of total pins.
A-State (34-15) got off to a rough start, with a 941-908 lost to No. 23 Lincoln Memorial in the first traditional match of the day. The squad rallied to beat No. 14 UAB 1,061-1,025 in the second traditional match with the help of Taylor Davis (212), Leah Glazer (247) and Haley Richard (259). The Red Wolves then beat Texas Southern 1,113-908 as four players, Julia Huren (215), Davis (224), Jordan Richard (232) and Haley Richard (249) all registered 200 plus point games.
The squad boasted another 1,000 pin victory against No. 22 Alabama State, 1,022-891 as Huren lead the team with a 221 score. In the final traditional match of the day, the Red Wolves faced No.7 Stephen F. Austin, coming out on top 989-887. Davis rolled a 218 while Haley Richard bowled a 236 to close out the night.
“We actually bowled really well today despite dropping down in the standings,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We did everything right for the most part, but didn’t get the carry. However, that’s bowling though because sometimes you can do everything correctly and still not strike. I’m disappointed we didn’t get in the top four, but I’m happy with how we did today. Hopefully tomorrow the pins will fall and we will finish strong.”
Nebraska is still the only unbeaten team in the tournament thus far, as they are leading the pack with three players in the top five individual standings. Vanderbilt, Sam Houston State, McKendree and Arkansas State round out the top five in the Mid-Winter Invitational going into the final day.
Nebraska’s Kelly Belzeski led the individual standings with a total of 1,169 points, posting an average of 233.80 pins per game. Belzelski was followed by teammate Allison Morris, UAB’s Taylor Russell, teammate Raquel Orozco and Vandy’s Adel Wahner. A-State’s Haley Richard was sixth in the individual standings with a 221.40 per match average.
Sunday’s bracket play is scheduled to get underway at 8:30 a.m. A-State will play Tulane to begin the day could possibly end the tournament in third place with three victories in a row. Admission to the Mid-Winter Invitational is free.
Fans can keep up with the Arkansas State women’s bowling team by following the squad on Twitter (@stAtebowling) and by liking the Arkansas State Women’s Bowling page on Facebook.