HOUSTON – Heading into the final day of the Track Kat Klash, bowling head coach Brad Hagen was looking to see how his team would respond after two tough days on the lanes. Sunday he got the answer he was looking for.
The Bearkats went 3-0 on Sunday and finished in fifth place in their home event at Emerald Bowl in Houston.
“After a slow day on Friday, I thought we bowled better on Saturday and finished it on a high note,” Hagen said. “My hope was we’d be able to build off that and climb the ladder today and that’s what happened.”
The Bearkats entered the day as the No. 8 seed and had little trouble in the opening match against Alabama-Birmingham. After splitting the first two games in the best-of-7 match, the Kats rolled off three straight, scoring 217, 244 and 231 to take the match 4-1.
In round 2, the Kats had to show some resolve. They got down 3-1 to Tulane, before battling back. The Kats posted a big win in game 5, 248-156 and used that momentum to rattle off two more wins. In the 7thgame, freshman Bea Hernandez need a strike for the win, and knocked down all 10 pins on her last roll to seal the 190-189 win in the decisive game.
In the fifth-place match, the Kats matched up with SFA, and after a narrow 185-183 loss in game 1, the Bearkats won four straight, including a 209-208 win in Game 4, before closing it out in the fifth by 29 pins.
McKendree was the tournament champion, knocking off Nebraska in the finals. Arkansas State took third place.
“I was really proud of the way the team bowled today,” Hagen said. “We faced a little adversity and were able to make the shots we need to against Tulane.”
The Bearkats will be right back at it against this weekend as they head to Milwaukee, Wis. to take part in the Warhawk Classic hosted by Wisconsin-Whitewater.