ARLINGTON, Texas -- Arkansas State used three all-tournament performances and a 4-1 record to propel into first place Saturday at the Prairie View A&M Invitational being held at the Bowling International Training and Research Center.
The top-ranked Red Wolves (49-15) were able to jump into first place by recording a total pinfall of 5,112 on the day and finish with a total of 9,026, which was 345 pins ahead of second-place Nebraska (8,681). A-State won its first four matches of the day over No. 3 Central Missouri (1,008-964), No. 8 Vanderbilt (1,091-948), Texas Southern (1,013-995) and No. 5 Stephen F. Austin (1,025-917) before falling to No. 10 Sam Houston State in its final match by a score of 986-975.
“We had a very good day today and it’s always good to go 4-1,” A-State coach Justin Kostick said. “We bowled much better today than we did yesterday, but I wish we could have got that last match against Sam Houston.”
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 the leader. 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. Hopefully we can stay hot as a team and bowl well tomorrow morning.”
Sunday’s action is set to begin at 8 a.m. with each team playing a best-of-seven Baker match against the team they haven’t faced during the first two days of the tournament before beginning bracket play. A-State earned the number one seed in the bracket and will bowl against Jackson State in its first match before facing off against the fourth seed Vanderbilt in the bracket play.
No. 9 Kutztown at Red Flash Invitational
ALTOONA, Pa. -- Kutztown posted four wins on Saturday and remains in second place after the second day of the Red Flash Invitational, hosted by Saint Francis.
The Golden Bears (55-29) followed up their second place showing on the first day. Kutztown has knocked down 7,999 pins and only trails LIU Post's 8,198, who Kutztown faced twice on Saturday. Delaware State is third (7,988), St. Francis is fourth (7,878), and Penn State-Altoona is fifth (6,725).
Kutztown opened the day with a 883-663 win vs. Pittsburgh-Bradford, and then defeated Mount Aloysius (918-607) and New Jersey City (759-674). It fell to 20th-ranked LIU Post 953-943, but then defeated the Blackbirds in the position round 921-908.
Senior Brooke Bower posted a team-best 179.4 average in five games for Kutztown. Rebecca Velazquez was second on the team at 179.2, followed by Deanna DiRado at 178.8.