CANTON, Mich. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State women's bowling team opened bracket play Friday as the sixth seed in the 2013 NCAA Bowling Tournament being played at Super Bowl Lanes in Canton, Mich.
The Red Wolves began its day against the third-seeded Sam Houston State Bearkats. ASU registered its highest score of the match in a 236-214 game one victory. A-State then went on to win game two (210-192), game three (215-193), and game four (193-172) to complete the 4-0 sweep.
A-State advanced to bowl against No. 7 seed Vanderbilt, who defeated No. 2 seed Fairleigh Dickinson 4-2 in its first match. The Red Wolves found themselves down 3-0 after three games, but battled back to win the next three games. ASU held off Vanderbilt for a 212-207 win in game four and the Red Wolves recorded its highest score in game five by winning 259-214. Down 3-2, ASU was able to win a close back-and-forth match by a count of 205-203 to tie the match at 3-3. In game seven ASU was ahead early, but couldn't hold on to the lead as Vanderbilt's lineup all recorded strikes in its second go-around to win 247-215.
After a break for lane conditioning, the Red Wolves returned to face Central Missouri in an elimination match. Arkansas State started off strong by winning game one 211-177 and game two 178-156. A-State proved to be too much for the Jennies in the final two matches. ASU won game three by a count of 197-155 and put up a top score for the match in a clinching game four victory 215-183.
Arkansas State advanced to play Nebraska in the semifinals, where ASU would have to win twice to advance to the finals. The Red Wolves got off to a hot start with a 235-178 win in game one. The next four games didn't go ASU's way as ASU lost by scores of 193-169, 184-174, 207-192, and 206-180.
"This isn't how we wanted to finish the year, but finishing in the Final Four is a great feat," ASU bowling coach Justin Kostick said. "We had a great season which I'm proud of. We'll get back to work and hopefully we can win this thing next year."
The Red Wolves finished the season with a school record for wins with a 91-34 record. The Red Wolves also say goodbye to seniors Rachael Gittings, Melissa Lachanski, and Martika Cabezas.