Bowling finishes 5th in the nation

By Zach Roberts
On April 14, 2014

The Red Wolves bowling team came away with a fifth place finish at the NCAA tournament after dropping consecutive matches on day two of the event.

A-State had a strong showing on day one finishing 6-1 and bowling no less than 1,024 in all seven of their matches.

The Red Wolves defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater by a score of 1,054-927 in their opening match, but lost their second to Maryland-Eastern Shore 1,089-1,040.

A-State went on to win the rest of their day one matches defeating Sam Houston State 1,073-951, Nebraska 1,024-1,015, Fairleigh Dickinson 1,147-1,115, Vanderbilt 1,050-967, and Central Missouri 1,113-982.

A-State’s Brooke Wood finished the day second in total pinfall with 1,589, and Ashley Rucker and Sarah Lokker ended the day in fifth and sixth with 1,548 and 1,530 respectively. All Red Wolf bowlers had at least one game where they finished with a score above a 200.

The Red Wolves started off day two as the second seed facing off against seventh seed Central Missouri.

A-State won the first game against the Jennies 222-204 and tied game two at 209 giving the Red Wolves the lead at 1.5-.5.

The Red Wolves then went on to win game three 222-189, but tied Central Missouri again in game four at 221 to give A-State a 3-1 lead against the Jennies.

A-State dropped game five to Central Missouri 225-195, but defeated the Jennies to win the match in game six 257-167 and advanced to play Nebraska.

Nebraska took game one over the Red Wolves 254-159, but A-State bounced back and took game two 238-189.

The Cornhuskers then went on to win game three 233-223, but the Red Wolves went on to tie Nebraska in game four with a score of 189 giving Nebraska the early lead 2.5 games to 1.5.

A-State took game five 239-189 to tie the match, but Nebraska defeated the Red Wolves in game six by just six pins 203-197.

Nebraska gave A-State their first match loss of the day in game seven 275-224 taking the match 4.5-2.5.

The Red Wolves ended their tournament run with a loss against number one seed Maryland-Eastern Shore.

UMES defeated A-State in game one 247-174, but the Red Wolves responded with a 234-202 victory in game two.

The Hawks went on to bowl an impressive 290 defeating A-State in game three 290-248, and also won game four 244-191 taking a 3-1 match lead.

A-State went on to win game five 226-215, but UMES ended the Red Wolves title hopes 228-206 in game six giving them the 4-2 match win.

“We actually bowled really well today,” said A-State Head Coach Justin Kostick. “Against Nebraska we were just very unlucky and didn’t get the breaks they did and we ran into a buzz saw against UMES. I’m proud of how we played though and we had to play some tough teams that just happened to bowl their best against us.”

Friday’s matches were the last in the A-State careers of seniors Ashley Rucker and Amanda Labossiere, who were both part of the NCAA tournament during all four of their seasons at Arkansas State.

While A-State did not get the ending to the tournament they wanted, freshman Brooke Wood ended the tournament by being named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.

Wood finished the tournament with a total pinfall of 1,589 during day one’s seeding matches, and a 227 average placing her second overall in the tournament.

Wood bowled her highest total of the tournament, 241, during the Red Wolves’ second match against Maryland-Eastern Shore and played consistently throughout the day with average ranging from 222 to 241.

“It’s a really great honor for anyone to make the all-tournament team and for a freshman, it’s a really neat deal,” A-State head coach Justin Kostick said.

“I’m extremely proud of Brooke and she really deserved this award because she bowled a great tournament.”

A-State ended their season with a school record of 98 wins with only 32 losses breaking last year’s mark of 91 wins.

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