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    SFA Closes Out Music City Classic in Eighth
    Senior Nicole Parkhurst
    Senior Nicole Parkhurst

    March 9, 2014

    2014 Music City Classic Final Results

    SMYRNA, Tenn. - Stephen F. Austin closed out the 2014 Music City Classic with an eighth-place finish among the 29-team field. The Ladyjacks posted an 0-3 record in the best-of-seven baker bracket matches, finishing 6-8 on the weekend, and ranking sixth among the field in total pins (10,388).

    SFA opened up the final day of competition against Wisconsin-Whitewater, dropping a 4-0 decision to the Warhawks. The Ladyjacks weren't able to reach the 200-pin mark, bowling a match-high 180 in the second game.

    The Ladyjacks then drew Nebraska and quickly fell behind 3-0 to the Cornhuskers through the first three games. SFA rallied for a 248-205 victory in game four, followed by a 228-190 decision in the fifth, but the Ladyjacks couldn't finish the comeback, falling 226-198 in the sixth game to drop the match 4-2.

    SFA's final match of the day pitted the Ladyjacks against Central Missouri and once again SFA had to play from behind, dropping the first game to the Jennies 178-169. The Ladyjacks would take the second 202-192, then dropped both the third and fourth. Facing an elimination game, SFA notched a 245-179 victory in the fifth, but Central Missouri finished off the Ladyjacks with a 214-167 victory in the sixth, handing SFA the 4-2 defeat.

    SFA closed out the tournament in eighth place as the Ladyjacks have yet to finish out of the top-10 this season. SFA finished one spot ahead of rival Sam Houston State with Valparaiso placing 10th.

    Vanderbilt captured the team title on its home lanes, bowling a perfect 300 in the final game of the day to defeat Arkansas State. Maryland-Eastern Shore finished third with Fairleigh Dickinson and Nebraska rounding out the top-five.

    SFA now prepares for the USBC sectionals, which will be held in Fort Worth on March 14-16. The Ladyjacks will hope to secure a berth to the 2014 USBC national tournament, being held April 15-18 in Reno, Nev.

    2014 Music City Classic Final Day Results

    Wis.-Whitewater 4, SFA 0 Nebraska 4, SFA 2 Central Missouri 4, SFA 2
    Game One: L, 220-155 Game One: L, 187-179 Game One: L, 178-169
    Game Two: L, 242-180 Game Two: L, 150-144 Game Two: W, 202-192
    Game Three: L, 197-166 Game Three: L, 201-180 Game Three: L, 205-199
    Game Four: L, 232-132 Game Four: W, 248-205 Game Four: L, 246-181
    Game Five: W, 228-190 Game Five: W, 245-179
    Game Six: L, 226-198 Game Six: L, 214-167