Bowling Recap: November 6
Bethune-Cookman Wraps Up Kat Klash
HOUSTON – Bethune-Cookman Bowling finished up the Sixth Annual Kat Klash with a 15th place showing on Sunday, wrapping up its three-day stint at the Emerald Bowl. The event was hosted by Sam Houston State.
With Bethune-Cookman sitting 15th after the first two days of the tournament, the Cats took part in the bracket portion of the event on Sunday.
The matches were played in a best-of-seven Baker format.
The Wildcats began the day with a 4-3 hard-fought win over Southern, as the Cats used a 205-144 mark in the final game to collect the win and move on to the next round.
In the next match, B-CU faced Louisiana Tech, but fell to the Lady Techsters in a sudden-death roll-off to determine the winner. The Cats dropped the sudden death match, 97-61, and fell by way of a 4-3 decision.
The Cats finished up 15th in the tournament after taking down Southern for the second time on the afternoon, using a 4-2 victory over the Jaguars to conclude the tournament stay for the Maroon and Gold.
Hornets Ninth In Sam Houston State Kat Klash
DOVER, Del. ---Delaware State finished ninth out of 17 teams at the weekend Sam Houston State Kat Klash Bowling Invitational. The Hornets were 6-7 overall during the tournament, posting a 4-4 record in Baker games and a 2-3 mark in traditional contests.
Among the teams posting tournament wins over DSU were national preseason No. 1 Arkansas State (traditional), No. 3 Vanderbilt (traditional), No. 4 Sam Houston State (Baker) and No. 8 Stephen F. Austin (traditional).
The Hornets, preseason No. 10, earned victories over No. 19 Prairie View and No. 21 Tulane during the weekend tournament.
In the individual standings, Delaware State’s Elizabeth Burkholder was seventh among 114 competitors with a total pinfall of 1064 for a five-game average of 212.8. Burkholder topped the 200 mark in each of her first four games, including a high of 226. The weekend performance raised her season average to 207.8 in 10 games.
DSU’s Chelsey Merklinger was 12th in the individual competition with a total pinfall of 1029 (205.8). She rolled a season-best 246 vs. Texas Southern in her fourth game.
NSU Finishes Second at Virginia Union Invitational
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Norfolk State opened up its 2016-17 campaign by finishing second at the Virginia Union Invitational this weekend. The No. 23 Spartan bowling team tallied a 13-1 overall record and did not lose a match until falling in the tournament final.
The Spartans won all six matches on Friday in Baker action and followed that up with five wins in five contests on Saturday in team play. NSU also won twice on Sunday, but No. 20 Saint Francis Brooklyn took the best-of-7 Baker match against the Spartans to capture first place in the tournament.
Despite coming up short in the end, NSU still had the highest pinfall total in the tournament prior to Sunday’s bracket round. The Spartans averaged 183.8 in 12 total games and posted a total pinfall of 11,026, 10 total pins ahead of Saint Francis Brooklyn. The Terriers also went 13-1 in the tournament, with NSU handing them their only loss on Saturday.
In traditional play on Saturday, junior Briana Gardner posted the highest individual average among her Spartan teammates with a 190.6. Sophomore Alexa Rodriguez bowled in all five games as well and bowled a 187.2 average. Freshman Aubrey Conrad was the third of three NSU bowlers to compete in all five games, where she averaged 177.0.
Sophomore Yarelis Burgos (175.8) and junior Meagan Marciano (174.5) each competed in four matches, and freshman Jasmin Whitaker also made her collegiate debut by rolling a 175.5 in two games.