SMYRNA, Tenn. (3/20/11) – The eighth-ranked Arkansas State women's bowling team finished fifth at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn. to close regular-season action for the year.
"The matches this weekend were very important for us, and we had a good weekend," said ASU head coach Justin Kostick. "Going 2-1 today and beating Sacred Heart was clutch for us, and the girls stepped up and performed when they needed to. Now our postseason fate is up to the committee, but I think we have a good shot to be selected for the championship tournament."
The Red Wolves entered Sunday's best-four-of-seven baker bracket as the No. 5 seed, facing sixth-seeded Sacred Heart to open the day. ASU rallied from behind to top Sacred Heart 4-2 (192-160, 201-162, 207-179, 194-196, 199-192, 193-159).
Arkansas State then met the No. 3 seed, Central Missouri. The Jennies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead (199-162, 237-188). The Red Wolves rebounded for a 190-170 win in game three, but UCM recovered to take the final two games (220-180, 233-231).
With the loss to UCM, ASU met Sacred Heart once more to close out the tournament. The two teams went back and forth with A-State taking game one (201-159) and SHU winning game two (243-178). The Red Wolves took game three (217-173), but the Pioneers weren't giving up yet, posting a 182-161 victory in game four and a 232-174 win in game five. The ASU squad was determined to take the victory, and it rolled through games six and seven for the win (191-169, 223-202).
Arkansas State closed the regular season at 61-26 overall and will now await a bid to the NCAA Championship. The eight teams selected will be announced March 30. The Red Wolves have made appearances in the last three national tournaments.