April 10, 2009

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Courtesy of FDU Athletics

CANTON, Mich. - The Fairleigh Dickinson University women's bowling team (112-28) suffered its first loss of the NCAA Tournament as the Knights fell to Central Missouri, 4-2, in the double-elimination bracket in the final match on Friday evening at Super Bowl Lanes in Canton, MI.

In the first game of the match, the Knights fell, 188-165, despite a leadoff strike from Tracy Ganjoin.

FDU stormed back in the second game, as Ganjoin again led off clearing the pins on one ball. There were three-straight strikes from Sara Litteral, Erica Perez and Ganjoin and in the eighth frame, and FDU got another strike from Joely Carrillo as they went on to win, 212-169.

Fairleigh Dickinson fell in a very close third game, 205-202, getting strikes from Carrillo, Litteral and Perez, but Central Missouri was able to string together three-straight strikes to build momentum for the victory.

After CMU surged ahead to a 3-1 lead with a 214-192 win, but FDU bounced back with a 197-159 victory. Central Missouri took the sixth game, 212-181, to win the match.

Fairleigh Dickinson will be matched up against Central Missouri on Saturday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m. The winner will advance to the finals at 8:00 p.m. No. 1 Nebraska will play No. 7 Delaware State in a rematch, after the Huskers handed the Hornets their first loss of the Tournament in a match on Friday evening to stay alive.

Fairleigh Dickinson, who staged a program-record 34-win streak, now has 112 wins, also a program record. The previous record was 97, reached in the 2007-08 season.

In Baker Game matches for Friday, the Knights are averaging 196.5 (18 games, three matches), the third-highest in the tournament.

"We had a great day today," said Head Coach Mike LoPresti. "It didn't end like we hoped that it would, but we put ourselves in a great position-- we have to win one match to make it to the National Championship match."

"We had two big wins in the morning and then we had a subpar match at night, but we will regroup and put on a better performance tomorrow," said LoPresti.

A special, multi-level stadium seating configuration will be in place for the finals with more than 500 fans surrounding the competition lanes and the ESPN broadcast set. Detroit Pistons announcer, John Mason will introduce the student-athletes during the final round to be televised live on ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN360.com. The championship broadcast will re-air on ESPN on Sunday, April 12 from 3:00-4:30 PM.

Tickets for the Saturday finals are $8 for students and $13 for adults. All tickets are available by calling Super Bowl at 734-459-6070.