KENNER, LA (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State women’s bowling squad defeated Sam Houston State in its first match of the day, but fell to the Bearkats in the championship match to finish as the runner-up of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational Sunday at AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner, La.
The No. 2 Red Wolves (11-2) dropped the first best-of-seven Baker game to No. 6 Sam Houston State 226-191, but won four straight games (194-166, 188-180, 247-190, 190-182) to top the Bearkats and move into the championship match. SHSU had to play Vanderbilt for the right to go the championship match and they defeated the Commodores 4-1 to advance.
A-State went up 2-0 in the championship match with 202-168 and 205-168 wins, but Sam Houston State bounced back with a 229-215 victory in game three to get on the board. The Red Wolves dropped a very close game four 180-179 and then fell in game five 222-161 to fall behind 3-2. The Bearkats claimed a hard-fought 218-216 victory in game six to earn the title.
“We made some clutch shots in the first match when we needed it,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We went up 2-0 in the championship match against Sam Houston and had a chance to win in game four, but just didn’t get it done. I believe that game changed the momentum of the match, but overall it was a great event for us going 11-2. We got some big wins over Nebraska and Vanderbilt and went 2-1 against Sam Houston State.”
Jordan Richard finished third in the individual standings and was named to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Arkansas State returns to action Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the Fairleigh Dickinson New Jersey Jamboree in New Brunswick, N.J.