ASU bowler Sarah Lokker earns spot on Team USA

JONESBORO, Ark. ( — Arkansas State bowler Sarah Lokker earned a spot on Team USA after qualifying second and finishing third overall at the Team USA trials Jan. 4-8 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Lokker, a junior from New Baltimore, Mich. and current Junior Team USA member, registered a total pinfall of 6,325 during the five-day event and had 42 overall ranking points.  She finished 196 pins and six points behind the first-place finisher to be the second qualifier to Team USA.  She advanced to the stepladder finals and faced the No. 3 seed.  She lost a close match by a score of 226-215 and finished third overall.

"I'm so proud of Sarah for making Team USA and to be a member of both Junior Team USA and Team USA is an incredible achievement," A-State bowling coach Justin Kostick said.  "In the stepladder, she had some great shots and then had some tough breaks when she was on the tougher lane.  Nevertheless, it's still quite an accomplishment."

As a bowler at Arkansas State, Lokker is a two-time All-American and has been instrumental to leading the Red Wolves to a No. 1 ranking in the NTCA Coaches Poll and NTCA Media Poll.  A-State is currently 31-11 and returns to action Jan. 17-19 at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro.