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Bowling team prepares to beat the best

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 19:01


Alejandra Hernandez, Staff Photographer

Senior Rachael Gittings and junior Ashley Rucker bowl during an afternoon practice. The Lady Red Wolves will compete this weekend in the Prairie View A&M Invitational.

The Arkansas State women’s bowling team is prepared to keep their momentum coming off a third place finish at the Mid-Winter Invitational that was held in Jonesboro Jan. 11. The Lady Red Wolves had the best record for the tournament.

Although winning the whole tournament seems ideal to most sports, according to junior Ashley Rucker, the NCAA picks teams for nationals by looking at the record, not the number of tournaments won.

“I was hoping that we could have finished higher, but we went 11-2 for the weekend which is the most important part,” Rucker said.

Their next competition will be the Prairie View A&M Invitational that is held in Arlington, Texas this weekend, Feb. 1-3. This tournament is a little bit different than any other they have competed in this season. Senior Rachael Gittings thinks the team really needs to bring their “A-game.”

 “This tournament specifically is important because we have East Coast teams traveling to this invitational,” Gittings said. “Luckily we have the opportunity this season to be able to see them more, but knowing they’re attending makes this a crucial tournament to perform our best and work as a team.”

Head coach Justin Kostick, who graduated from the University of Nebraska, is excited that his team will be competing against his alma mater.

“There are six teams at this tournament that made the national championship last year including us, so this is a very solid field, but I always like going up against my alma mater Nebraska,” Kostick said. “I think our players like to go up against them too because they know I’m from there.”

The best way to stay on top of things is to practice consistency and model possible situations to better the performance reaction, or at least that’s the case for the Lady Red Wolves.

“We focus on fundamentals and quality shots during practice. We also like to put ourselves in pressure situations by doing in team competitions as well as creating scenarios on any level is a way we mentally prepare ourselves for what could possibly come,” Gittings said.

The team is compiled of nine women who have very impressive backgrounds. Rachael Gittings, Ashley Rucker and Sarah Lokker are members of the junior team USA and Rucker and Lokker both have a chance to represent the country in Puerto Rico at the Pabcon Games.

The team competes this Friday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 3 in Arlington, Texas.


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