SFA Goes 3-2 On Day One in Arlington
Jan. 31, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – Stephen F. Austin posted a 3-2 record through the first day of the Prairie View A&M Invitational. The Ladyjacks currently sit in sixth-place among the 12-team field heading into Saturday’s team-game format.
Fourth-ranked SFA opened up the three-day tournament with a 716-591 victory over the host Panthers, improving to 2-0 on the year against Prairie View A&M. The Ladyjacks won all four games of the baker match style, including a dominating 211-158 victory in the second game after outlasting the Panthers 157-153 in the opener.
SFA’s second match of the afternoon pitted the Ladyjacks against 17th-ranked Valparaiso, a team SFA has become quite familiar with over the last three weeks. After dropping the opener, the Ladyjacks bowled over 200 for the next three games, outlasting the Crusaders 799-700, improving to 3-2 on the year against Valpo.
The Ladyjacks continued their impressive play into the first game of the match-up with Norfolk State, notching their fourth-straight 200-pin game. The Spartans would take the next two games, taking a 598-557 lead into the final game, one in which SFA responded with a 232-140 victory, claiming the match 789-738.
The final two matches matched SFA with a pair of teams ahead of them in the national poll, beginning with third-ranked Central Missouri. UCM took the opening three games before SFA won the fourth 163-147, but it wasn’t enough as the Jennies outlasted the Ladyjacks 731-701.
SFA’s final match of the day was against second-ranked Maryland-Eastern Shore and began on a positive note as the Ladyjacks won both the first and third games, taking a slim 548-544 into the fourth. But the Hawks took the final game 246-197, downing SFA 790-745 to close out day one of competition.
Saturday’s action gets underway at 9:30 a.m. as SFA will compete in five team-game matches. Updates from throughout the tournament will be posted on the SFA bowling Twitter (@SFA_Bowling) and Facebook (Ladyjacks Bowling) social media platforms. Updates will also be posted as they become available at SFAJacks.com.
Match One: SFA 716, Prairie View A&M 591
Match Two: SFA 799, Valparaiso 700
Match Three: SFA 789, Norfolk State 738
Match Four: Central Missouri 731, SFA 701
Match Five: Maryland-Eastern Shore 790, SFA 745