Senior Sierra Gibbons will be bowling close to home (Plano) when SFA competes in Arlington this weekend.
Jan. 30, 2014
Prairie View A&M Invitational
Friday, January 31 – Sunday, February 2
Stephen F. Austin prepares for its third tournament in as many weekends, making the trip into the DFW Metroplex for the 2014 Prairie View A&M Invitational. The three-day event, being held at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, gets underway Friday afternoon before wrapping up Sunday morning.
2014 marks the third year of the Prairie View A&M Invitational as SFA looks to improve on its previous marks, finishing sixth in 2012 and seventh in 2013. Competition gets underway at noon Friday as the teams will compete in five total four-game baker matches. Saturday’s five team game format begins at 9:30 a.m., leading up to Sunday’s three best-of-seven baker bracket play, getting underway at 8:30 a.m.
While the field will be drastically smaller than last weekend’s 26-team competition in Reading, Pa., the competition will be just as tough as eight of the 12 teams are ranked in the latest NTCA media poll, including seven of the top-10. Top-ranked Arkansas State, second-ranked Maryland Eastern Shore and third-ranked Central Missouri join SFA among those teams in the top-five with Nebraska (6th), Vanderbilt (8th), Sam Houston State (10th) and Valparaiso (17th) rounding out the ranked opponents.
SFA Against The Field
The Ladyjacks will see some familiar competition all weekend as SFA has gone head-to-head against all 11 of its competitors during the 2013-14 season. The Ladyjacks have posted a combined 16-9 record (.640) against the field, including a 4-0 mark against the eighth-ranked Commodores and a 5-1 record against the rival Bearkats.
Arkansas State: 0-2
Central Missouri: 0-2
Jackson State: 1-0
Maryland Eastern Shore: 1-0
Norfolk State: 1-0
Prairie View A&M: 1-0
Sam Houston State: 5-1
Texas Southern: 0-1
Total 2013-14 Record: 16-9
SFA Travel Squad
Head coach Amber Lemke will bring her usual nine-player travel squad to Arlington this weekend, led by seniors Sierra Gibbons, Whitney McCoy and Nicole Parkhurst. Junior Chelsea King, sophomores Melanie Crawford and Danielle Lynn and freshmen Kiara Grant, Paige Kraushaar and Brianna Newton will round out the SFA travel party.
Ladyjacks on the Web
Updates from throughout the weekend at the Kutztown Invitational 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. Select matches will also be streamed live at BowlTV.com, with the SFA matches being announced @SFA_Bowling.
Last Time Out
SFA recorded the fourth top-five finish of the 2013-14 season last weekend, placing fifth at the Kutztown Invitational in Reading, Pa. After a slow start to the weekend which saw the Ladyjacks sitting in eighth-place heading into Sunday’s bracket play, SFA had one of its most impressive days of the season, sweeping Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T and Valparaiso to vault into the fifth spot. SFA had nine games in which it cracked the 200-pin plateau, including a season-high 288 in the seventh game against the Crusaders to clinch the match.
Home Sweet Home
This weekend’s tournament will be the sixth of the season for SFA, but will mark the first time this season the Ladyjacks will bowl competitively inside the state of Texas. After opening the year with events in Louisiana, New Jersey, Indiana, Arkansas and Pennsylvania, SFA will compete in the 10th Texas event in the program’s history. It will also serve as a Homecoming of sorts for senior Sierra Gibbons (Plano) and sophomore Melanie Crawford (Allen), both of which hail from nearby suburbs.
After three-straight weekends of competition, SFA will have a week off before returning to action, and the Ladyjacks will get to remain in the state of Texas to do so. SFA will travel to the Sam Houston State Track Kat Clash, taking place February 14th – 16th in Huntsville.