Knights Open Season With Win
DOVER, Del. -- The Fairleigh Dickinson University women's bowling team (7-2) won its first tournament of the year, returning home from Dover, DE as the Capital Classic Champions on Oct. 30 after competing at the first NCAA collegiate women's bowling event that Delaware State has hosted.
The first two days were a round robin, with the Knights facing half the 10 participating teams on Saturday and the rest on Sunday. There was then a single-elimination playoff round to decide the champion on Sunday afternoon.
The Knights got off to a slow start, completing the first day of competition with a 3-2 record. FDU dropped its first two matches, falling to UMES, 832-804 and New Jersey City University, 950-904.
But the Knights bounced back in difficult sport lane conditions to win the next three matches, defeating host Delaware State, 926-888, with Rebecca Ketcham leading the way with a 196.
Ketcham against posted the high-game of 192 in the Knights' defeat of South Carolina State University (904-759).
Fairleigh Dickinson finished out Saturday with a 979-792 win against Morgan State, with Lisa Friscioni leading the charge (233). Jocelyn Davis chipped in a game of 201.
Individually out of the 80 bowlers competing, Friscioni posted the highest total, shooting 963 for five games. Kristina Szalay had a 903 total for five games, with her high coming in a round of 215. Davis notched a game-high of 201 and combined for a total of 899 in five games. Over four games, Ketcham had a 742 for a 185.5 average.
At the end of Saturday, New Jersey City, Delaware State and UMES were all tied for first with a 4-1 record, but overall, the Knights had the highest total of 4517.
"It was not the best way to start the season," said Head Coach Mike LoPresti. "We have players out there who were learning new roles this year on the team and after a minor transition period, we settled down and took control."
On Sunday, the Knights came from behind to win overcome the slow start and sweep through the playoff rounds, brigning home the tournament championship.
In the triple game Baker matches, the Knights went 4-0 for a final record of 7-2. The Knights defeated St. Peter's College, 473-402 to open the day. They then won against Hampton University, 527-404 and Howard University, 581-433. The Knights rounded out the matches with a 494-352 win against Shane University of Pennsylvania.
The Knights entered the first round of playoffs as the No. 1 seed and drew No. 8 seed Hampton for a best three out of five competition. The Knights moved on with a 3-1 win and defeated UMES by the same score in the second round. In the championship match, they bowled host team Delaware State, who defeated Jersey City State in its semifinal, and won convincingly with a three-game sweep.
"Delaware State is an up and coming program in its second year with five freshmen starters," said LoPresti. "They knocked off Jersey City State but we were able to dominate the match. We shot two of the three games over 200 and were able to win the first championship of the year in our first tournament of the season."
Friscioni was named the tournament MVP with the high game and high average. Szalay had the seventh best series and Davis was the eighth-highest overall.
"I can't be more proud of our team," said LoPresti. "It was a total team effort today. We gained some momentum in the second half of Saturday and carried it through. Our record is a perfect indication of that and we're hoping now that some of the new roles the ladies are learning will be maintained and will springboard us into the rest of the season."
-- Courtesy Fairleigh Dickinson University