North Brunswick, NJ (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's bowling team fell 4-2 to defending NCAA champion Nebraska in the semi-final round of the 2010 NCAA Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship Saturday afternoon in North Brunswick, N.J.
The Huskers took the first game 203-173, but the Red Wolves bounced back to take wins in games two and three 236-183 and 192-191. Nebraska recovered with a 191-167 victory in game four and never looked back, winning games five and six 203-196 and 220-210.
"It was real tight again every game with Nebraska," said ASU head coach Justin Kostick. "We fought hard, and it was a tough battle. Finishing as a semi-finalist in the national championship is a good job though. I feel disappointed for our seniors, because obviously they wanted it really bad. I really felt that between us and Nebraska, the winner was going to win the title, and we'll see tonight if that's true."
ASU finished the 2010 season at 79-40 overall and in the top-five at six of their eight tournaments this season under first-year head coach Kostick, including four runner-up finishes at the Greater Ozark Invitational, Big Red Invitational, Capital City Classic and Shrewsbury Invitational. Arkansas State never finished lower than eighth place.
Three Red Wolves notched all-tournament honors this season, including freshman Rachael Gittings, sophomore Samantha Santoro and senior Marissa Martinek. Santoro was named second-team All-America, while Martinek was an All-America honorable mention.