Ladyjacks Sit Second at UCM Invitational

Freshman Brionna Newton placed first in the individual competiton at the UCM Invitational
Freshman Brionna Newton placed first in the individual competiton at the UCM Invitational

Feb. 28, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Stephen F. Austin compiled a 3-2 record through the opening day of the 2014 Central Missouri Invitational, sitting in second-place among the 14 team field with 5,146 pins.

Competing in five baker-style matches, the Ladyjacks opened up the day with a convincing 1,254-936 victory over 14th-ranked Valparaiso, the highest baker-style point total in program history. SFA scored no lower than 230 all match, including a 278-184 victory in game four, as the Ladyjacks posted a 250.8 average for the match.

SFA then went head-to-head against top-ranked Arkansas State in one of the top matches of the day. After falling in the first game 232-200, SFA rallied for a 211-168 victory in game two, followed by a 183-183 draw in game three. The Red Wolves eeked out a 233-230 victory in game four, giving the Ladyjacks an 824-816 lead heading into the final game. But ASU outlasted SFA in the fifth, defeating the Ladyjacks 223-192 to take the 1,039-1,016 victory.

SFA responded with another victory in the third match of the day, defeating Louisiana Tech 1,029-817. The Ladyjacks won each of the five games against the  Lady Techsters, including a dominating 235-146 victory in game four.

The Ladyjacks then prepared for their second meeting with one of the top-ranked teams in the nation, this time against second-ranked Nebraska. The Cornhuskers took each game of the five-game match, defeating the Ladyjacks 1,019-859 as SFA fell to 2-2 on the day.

The final match of the day pitted SFA against New Jersey City and the Ladyjacks ended the day on a high note, earning the 988-715 decision. SFA won each of the five games of the match, starting off with a 213-156 victory then closing out the day in dominant fashion, winning 215-109 in the final game.

Through the first day of competition, SFA is second in the team standings, trailing only second-ranked Nebraska (5,229). Vanderbilt sits third (4,936) with Arkansas State (4,849) and host Central Missouri (4,845) rounding out the top-five.

Saturday’s competition gets underway at 10 a.m. as the teams compete in five five-person team matches. It will mark the final day of competition as the tournament will end early due to inclement weather expected in the Kansas City area Sunday. Follow @SFA_Bowling for updates throughout the day as full results will be posted at as they become available.

Match One: SFA 1,254, Valparaiso 936
W 245-176; W 244-220; W 256-184; W 278-184; W 231-172

Match Two: Arkansas State 1,039, SFA 1,016
L 232-200; W 211-168; T 183-183; L 233-230; L 223-192

Match Three: SFA 1,029, Louisiana Tech 817
W 177-169; W 189-183; W 229-165; W 235-146; W 199-154

Match Four: Nebraska 1,019, SFA 859
L 185-157; L 209-205; L 202-175; L 199-159; L 224-163

Match Five: SFA 988, New Jersey City 715
W 213-156; W 165-159; W 181-144; W 214-147; W 215-109



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