Bowling looks to stand out in Baltimore tournament
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 18:02
It is 3 a.m. on Thursday as the women’s bowling team heads for Memphis International Airport.
Once in Memphis, the Red Wolves will be 912 miles from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.
Arkansas State will be one of 26 teams competing in the Morgan State Invitational Friday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, Feb. 17.
According to junior Ashley Rucker, this will be the biggest tournament of the fourth-ranked team’s season.
“I am excited for this tournament because it is in the east,” Rucker said. “This is one of the only times we get to see the teams out east, so it is important to do well against them. Because there are more teams in the east, the tournaments are always bigger.”
The last tournament ASU competed in was the Prairie View A&M Invitational on Feb. 1 through Feb. 3.
The team led the tournament the first two days, but Rucker said bad breaks on the third day caused the team to come up short, finishing the tournament 10-3.
“I feel like we did very well in our last tournament,” Rucker said. “We finished third but we had some big wins against good teams, which really helped us out.”
Arkansas State was ranked seventh before heading to Arlington, Texas, but new rankings have come out and ASU is in fourth place.
“I am very happy about this, because it’s a safer place to be in,” Rucker said. “Only the top eight teams get to go to nationals, so it was a little scary when we were in seventh.”
Rucker said the team goes into every tournament believing they can win and is hopeful the team will stand out this weekend in Baltimore.
The third place finish in Arlington improved the team’s record to 45-18. Tournament play begins on Feb. 15.