All Three Southland Teams Advance After Day One of NCAA Bowling Championship

first_img Taylor Davis VANDERBILT – Traditional: L 986-1,007 | Baker: W 1,093-988 | Baker Best-of-Seven: W 4-2 (WWLLWW) The best-of-seven series to decide the winner fell heavily in McKendree’s favor as Arkansas State failed to put together consecutive match play wins. After pulling the series to 3-2, the Red Wolves faltered and dropped the decisive game six, landing them in tomorrow’s elimination match against league opponent Sam Houston State. Day two of competition begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT with all matches streaming live at Lynne Fishler VANDERBILT – Traditional: W 967-935 | Baker: W 1,036-983 193 Afternoon Session, 3 p.m.Match 11 – No. 4 Vanderbilt vs. Match 9 WinnerMatch 12 – No. 2 McKendree vs. Match 10 Winner Vanderbilt stormed back in the afternoon session with a 2-0 sweep of the top seed perennial powerhouse Nebraska while Arkansas State forced a best-of-seven baker set of its own against defending national champion McKendree. The Red Wolves fell 4-2 to the Bearcats and face Sam Houston State in an elimination match tomorrow morning. 171 237 SAM HOUSTON STATE – Traditional: W 1,007-986 | Baker: L 988-1,093 | Baker Best-of-Seven: L 2-4 (LLWWLL) Traditional Scores No. 1 Nebraska vs. No. 4 VanderbiltUp against the national top seed, Vanderbilt put up two huge performances to earn its second consecutive sweep of the tournament, downing the Cornhuskers 2-0. After falling narrowly behind in the opening traditional frames, the Commodores hit their stride and built a 719-673 advantage heading into the final two frames and an 805-772 edge entering the 10th. Vanderbilt held its own and took a 967-935 win into the baker total pinfall segment. 224 Tournament HomepageST. LOUIS, Mo. – All three competing Southland Bowling League teams survived day one at the 2018 NCAA National Collegiate Bowling Championship at Tropicana Lanes. Headlined by a second-round sweep of the top seed Nebraska Cornhuskers by No. 4 Vanderbilt, the No. 2 seed Arkansas State and No. 5 Sam Houston State also earned spots in day two’s competition. Morning Session 187 224 Sam Houston controlled the traditional match from the start, gradually increasing the lead to 496-413 after six frames and pushing out to 1,007-831 win. The Bearkats were led by an impressive 259 from anchor bowler Stephanie Zavala. 182 No. 2 McKendree vs. No. 3 Arkansas StateThe Red Wolves were unable to overcome a slow start to the traditional match, and despite three 200-plus games and three three-strike 10th frames, the defending national champion Bearcats survived the late run for a 1,009-1,005 win, putting A-State in a 1-0 hole. 235 Katie Stark Haley Richard 216 256 The Commodores needed a grueling best-of-seven baker series to earn the 2-1 win over league foe Sam Houston State while Arkansas State comfortably swept North Carolina A&T in the first round. 252 181 Jadee Scott-Jones 191 229 Vanderbilt opened up the best-of-seven portion with back-to-back wins before Sam Houston responded in kind to level the series 2-2. The Commodores stayed on point for the final two victories (201-181, 221-197) to take the 2-1 match victory, advancing to the afternoon matchup with top seed Nebraska. The Bearkats were sent to the elimination match against No. 8 Lincoln Memorial. Stephanie Zavala 238 246 203 Traditional Scores Arkansas State would narrowly drop the first game of the baker total pinfall set but stormed through the next four, capping the match with a nearly perfect fifth baker game which saw 10 consecutive strikes en route to a 288. The Red Wolves took a 1,133-886 win and a 2-0 sweep. 201 215 162 Traditional Scores Lynne Fishler No. 3 Arkansas State vs. No. 6 North Carolina A&TThe Red Wolves made short work of the No. 6 seed Aggies, led by three 200-plus outings in the traditional set from Taylor Davis (266), Leah Glazer (235) and Jordan Richard (234). Davis registered eight consecutive strikes before a nine-spare in the ninth frame spoiled the perfect run. A-State held full steam ahead, earning a 1,112-929 victory in the traditional set. Amber MacLeod Team Baker Scores Jordan Richard 203 The baker total pinfall ended just 33 points in favor of Sam Houston, but thanks to four straight 200-plus games to open the series, the Bearkats held on for a 1,053-1,030 win and a 2-0 sweep of the No. 8 seed. Team Baker Scores 148 203 Traditional Scores 143 266 DAY TWO MATCHUPS: 259 226 Kristin Quah 182 213 196 217 Team Baker Scores 234center_img 224 288 Stephanie Zavala Afternoon Session 203 191 ARKANSAS STATE – Traditional: L 1,005-1,009 | Baker: 1,148-1,021 | Baker Best-of-Seven: L 2-4 (LWLLWL) Madysen Keller Madysen Keller Kristin Quah 201 Team Baker Scores Team Baker Scores Traditional Scores Vanderbilt earns a spot in tomorrow afternoon’s matchup with the winner of No. 3 Arkansas State and No. 5 Sam Houston State at 3 p.m. Jordan Newham 224 Jordan Newham 259 Traditional Scores Maria Bulanova Taylor Davis 235 224 157 No. 4 Vanderbilt vs. No. 5 Sam Houston StateThe first-round clash of Southland heavyweights did not disappoint as the match remained tightly contested from start to finish. The Commodores held a narrow 10-point lead after three frames before the Bearkats pulled ahead 437-419 after five. The score would remain close through the second half of the traditional set, with Sam Houston holding an 819-803 advantage heading into the final frame. Vanderbilt would pull ahead 931-928 as the final two bowlers stepped up, but an eight-open 10th frame from Katie Stark assured a 1,007-986 traditional victory for the No. 5 Bearkats. 197 Leah Glazer 166 Amber MacLeod 196 259 226 177 Nebraska put up two 200-plus games (203-157, 202-196) to jump out to an early lead before Vanderbilt responded with 224-222 and 256-201 wins to build a precarious 833-828 pinfall advantage as the two sides entered game five. The Commodores left nothing to chance, winning 203-155 to take a 1,036-983 win and a 2-0 sweep of the Huskers. 166 202 The Southland champions responded in the baker total pinfall series, building a massive 963-808 lead after four games. Despite a 213-183 misstep in game five, the Red Wolves tied the match at 1-1 (1,148-1,021). Leah Glazer Morning Session, 9 a.m.Match 9 – No. 3 Arkansas State vs. No. 5 Sam Houston StateMatch 10 – No. 1 Nebraska vs. No. 6 North Carolina A&T 177 Jordan Richard 181 183 No. 5 Sam Houston State vs. No. 8 Lincoln MemorialSam Houston State emphatically advanced through the first round of its elimination bracket, and despite a close baker total pinfall final, the Bearkats swept the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters 2-0 to earn a spot in day two. Maria Bulanova Hayley Connelly SAM HOUSTON STATE – Traditional: W 1,007-831 | Baker: W 1,053-1,030 Samantha Gainor 203 A-State’s sweep earned them a spot in the second round against the defending national champion, No. 2 McKendree. Haley Richard ARKANSAS STATE – Traditional: W 1,112-929 | Baker: W 1,133-886 Hayley Connelly 193 248 Team Baker Scores 209 Jadee Scott-Jones Emily Rigney The two sides exchanged blows in the baker total pinfall segment, with the Bearkats winning game one 171-162 and the Commodores returning with a 246-187 victory in game two. The Commodores’ 408-358 lead after two games proved too much as the teams exchanged victories again before a 226-191 win for Vanderbilt earned them a 1,093-988 win, forcing a best-of-seven baker set. 246 Katie Stark 174 191last_img read more