Despite the fact that his team is coming off a third-place finish at the Prairie View A&M Invitational last weekend, Arkansas State head coach Justin Kostick is happy with where his team sits heading into this weekend's WIldcat Invitational at Bethune-Cookman.
“I thought we bowled the best out of any team [in the tournament], especially Saturday when we really played well," Kostick said. "Sometimes it just doesn’t come together during the bracket on Sunday, but third place is a good finish. We’re in good shape right now so I’m happy with where the team is at.”The Red Wolves had three players make the all-tournament squad in Texas. Amanda Labossiere led the Red Wolves with a pinfall of 1,116 and finished in second place overall in the individual standings, just six pins behind leader Robin Renslow of Vanderbilt. Joining Labossiere on the all-tournament team were Ashley Rucker (1,065) and Stephanie Mims (1,037).
Mims earned her second consecutive all-tournament selection after garnering the same honors at the Mid-Winter Invitational, while Rucker and Labossiere earned their first all-tournament honors of the season.
Sarah Lokker finished in seventh-place overall with a 1,014 total pinfall, just 23 pins from an all-tournament selection.
“It’s always going to be a good day when you have three players make all-tournament,” Kostick added. “Then you throw in Sarah just barely missing it and it makes for a really good day. I’m very proud of Amanda, Ashley, and Stephanie."
Joining Arkansas State at the Wildcat Invitational will be third-ranked Central Missouri, which finished sixth last weekend in Texas despite having the second-highest pinfall total. Mary Wells continued her solid play, making the all-tournament team with an average of a bit more than 213.
Two more top-10 teams will be in action this weekend at the Delaware State Capital Classic in Dover. Fifth-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson last competed at the Kutztown Invitational two weekends ago and had the very definition of a roller-coaster weekend. The Knights shot a Baker 300 on Friday, put three players on the all-tournament team during Saturday's traditional match play, then went 0-3 in Sunday's bracket round.
"We played big for the first two days but played like rookies [Sunday}," head coach Mike LoPresti said. "That is the way it goes sometimes when you have a young team. We were just not able to carry it through [Sunday]. We were in all three matches, but the difference was we were not able to make our own breaks and capitalize on our opponents' mistakes like we did the first two days. We also had as many errors [Sunday] as we did over the first two combined."
Kutztown will also compete in Dover this weekend after a strong second-place finish at the Red Flash Invitational last weekend. Senior Brooke Bower consistently led the Maroon and Gold all weekend. Sunday, Bower averaged 22.04 per frame in 25 frames, with help from sophomore Kayla Maselkevich (21.04), senior Deanna DiRado (20.32) and sophomore Dakota May (18.68).