After the second day of the Mid-Winter Invitational, the Bearkats have put themselves in position for another tournament title.
Sam Houston posted a 4-1 record for the second straight day and will enter Sunday’s bracket round as the No. 3 seed and will face defending national champs McKendree.
“Consistency was the key to our success today and once again a great group effort,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “Everyone was filling frames and we did a great job at not paying attention to anything but what was in front of us. We have to climb the ladder tomorrow but we’re going in to that first match with a chip on our shoulder.”
The Kats opened with a win over Grambling and then knocked off Vanderbilt by one pin. Their only loss of the day was to Nebraska, despite a score of 1,053 by the Bearkats. They closed out the day with wins over Jackson State and Valpo and finished with a team average of 205.1 over the first two days.
Madysen Keller led the Kats with a 214 average, placing her 12th overall with a high game of 243. Stephanie Zavala also posted a top 20 finish, with a 209 average and is 18th overall. Tacey Ballen had the best game of the day for the Kats with a 257.
“The last two days our freshmen have really started to get comfortable and have stepped up as a whole,” Hagen said. “The teams synergy has been great and most importantly we’ve been competing on autopilot.”