RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State women's bowling team lost to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 4-0 in a third round match Saturday morning at Tropicana Lanes in Richmond Heights, Mo., to end its quest for a NCAA Championship.
The third-seeded Red Wolves (76-34) lost the first game to the eighth-seeded Warhawks 190-177 before falling in another tightly contested game two by a score of 184-170. Arkansas State bowled much better in its final two games, but ran into a buzz saw of sorts in games three and four. UWW bowled a 258 to A-State's 215 in game three and Wisconsin-Whitewater followed with a high game of 265 in a 265-212 win that ended Arkansas State's season.
“I thought we came out flat in the first two games, but played better in the last two,” A-State women's bowling head coach Justin Kostick said. “We shoot 215 and 212 which is usually good enough to win games, but the other team shot 258 and 265 which is tough to beat any time. We didn't play as well as we can though. We came out flat and gave them a lot of confidence and they ran with it and beat us.”
The Red Wolves accumulated a 5-5 overall record in the tournament and finished in a tie for fifth place after being eliminated in the third round along with Fairleigh Dickinson after the Knights lost a 4-3 match to Sam Houston State. This is the second consecutive season Arkansas State has been eliminated in the third round.
A-State seniors Kalynn Carl and Sarah Lokker ended their careers strongly in their final tournament as members of the Red Wolves. Carl was A-State's highest scorer in the seeding round with 1,458 total pins (208.3 per match average), which was 10th overall. Lokker knocked down 1,428 pins (204 per match average) to finish second on the squad and 15th in the field of competitors.
“Sarah and Kalynn are both great players,” Kostick added. “Sarah obviously had four great years and Kalynn was a really, really good player and could have easily been All-American a couple of years. I think they are going to continue bowling and they will have good careers outside of college.”