ARLINGTON, Texas (AStateRedWolves.com) — The Arkansas State women's bowling squad registered a 2-1 record and claimed third place on the final day of competition at the Prairie View A&M Invitational being held at the Bowling International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.
The No. 1-ranked Red Wolves (51-16) defeated No. 10 Sam Houston State 4-3 in a seven-game thriller to capture third place after falling to No. 8 Vanderbilt 4-1 in the first match of the bracket play. Nebraska went on to defeat Vanderbilt 4-3 to claim the championship.
"We got down early to Vandy and they took advantage of that," A-State women's bowling coach Justin Kostick said. "They definitely outplayed us so all the credit goes to them. In the match against Sam Houston State I had the lane choice since we were the higher seed and I chose to start on the right lane because it was better than the left lane. It made a difference in us being able to win a close match against a good Sam Houston squad."
Before taking part in the bracket play, A-State defeated Jackson State 4-0 in a match that allowed every team to bowl against every other team participating in the tournament. Arkansas State finished the tournament with a 10-3 record.
"This was a good weekend, especially in this field," Kostick added. "I thought we bowled the best out of any team here, especially Saturday when we really played well. Sometimes it just doesn't come together during the bracket on Sunday, but third place is a good finish. We're in good shape right now so I'm happy with where the team is at."
The Red Wolves return to action Feb. 7-9 at the Bethune-Cookman Wildcat Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla.