HOUSTON, TX (astateredwolves.com) – The top-ranked Arkansas State women’s bowling team claimed a fourth-place finish in the Stephen F. Austin Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic Sunday in Houston, Texas.
A-State squared off against Fairleigh Dickinson in its first match of the day and saw the teams split the first four games of the best-of-seven Baker match with the Red Wolves winning games one (205-176) and game four (243-189), while the Knights claimed games two (221-199) and three (203-194). Arkansas State couldn’t capitalize off the momentum of the game four victory and lost a close game five 216-213 before FDU won the match with a 244-217 win in game six.
The Red Wolves responded with a strong showing against Sam Houston State by winning the first two games 247-196 and 266-232 before the Bearkats got on the board with a 232-203 win in game three. A-State won a 217-197 decision in game four before SHSU made the count 3-2 with a 232-212 victory in game five. Arkansas State won game six 245-207 to earn a spot in the third-place match.
Nebraska jumped out to a 3-0 (237-210, 189-183, 226-187) advantage against the Red Wolves before A-State earned a 212-202 win in game four. However, the Cornhuskers won game five 247-201 to finish in third, while Arkansas State finished in fourth.
“We lost a competitive match to FDU to start the day, but I was proud of the team for bouncing back to defeat Sam Houston to advance to the third-place match,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We just didn’t bowl very well against Nebraska, but fourth place in this field isn’t bad. We were able to pick up some nice wins on the first two days.”
North Carolina A&T won the tournament with a 4-3 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in the championship match after coming back from a 3-0 deficit. A-State finished the three-day event with an 8-6 record and is now 65-26 on the season.
Arkansas State has a long layoff before traveling to Smyrna, Tenn., for the Music City Classic March 18-20 in its next event.