Vanderbilt eliminates ASU in third round of NCAA Championship

 TAYLOR, MI (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's bowling team was eliminated after three matches at the NCAA Bowling Championship Friday at Skore Lanes in Taylor, Mich.

The Red Wolves suffered their first loss of the double-elimination bracket to Maryland-Eastern Shore 4-1 (196-246, 207-182, 235-198, 203-188, 203-196) to open the day.  A-State emerged victorious from its first elimination match over Sam Houston State 4-2 (183-165, 169-246, 244-176, 255-192, 185-192, 227-176),

ASU got caught in a back-and-forth race with Vanderbilt, landing the two teams in a 2-2 tie to start, but the Commodores pulled out back-to-back victories to take the 4-2 (181-173, 170-234, 182-180, 149-183, 182-169, 194-180) win and eliminate the Red Wolves from the tournament.

"We didn't play bad in our first match, UMES just outscored us," said ASU head coach Justin Kostick.  "Against Sam Houston, we played really well and got a nice win there.  We lost a couple of close games to Vanderbilt by just a few pins but took them to six games. It just came down to being able to close out those close games.  We made shots in the pocket, but they just didn't strike.  I'm sorry our seniors (Emily Fravel and Lauren Pulver) weren't able to experience the championship game this year, but we going to start preparing to get there next season."

Fairleigh Dickinson, UMES, Nebraska and Vanderbilt remain in the running for the national crown.  UMES will face Nebraska, while Vanderbilt will take on FDU to decide the final two teams.  The title game will be played Saturday at 3:40 p.m. ET but will air on ESPN as a tape delay broadcast Sunday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. ET