Competing in a loaded tournament field, the Bearkat bowlers will be bring some hardware back to Huntsville.

Sam Houston finished 3rd at the Prairie View Invitational, a 12-team field that included all ranked opponents including eight of the top 10 teams in the country.

“Anytime you can compete in a tournament like this and walk away with a top 3 finish is a great weekend,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “We saw some of the best teams in the country this weekend and had a strong showing.”

The Kats opened Sunday morning taking on Arkansas State, clinging to a 79-pin lead over Nebraska for the fourth and final spot in the championship portion of the bracket. Despite a loss to the Red Wolves, the 1,023 total pinfall was enough to place the Kats fourth in the bracket round.

The Kats turned right back around and faced Arkansas State once again in the first round of the finals, falling to the top seed in five games. The third place match was a matchup against fellow Southland Bowling League member and fourth-ranked Vanderbilt.

The Kats won the first two games and took a 3-1 lead in the best of seven match before the Commodores charged back, taking the next two games to tie the match. But a 249 in the seventh game secured the victory for Sam Houston.

“That was huge for us to be able to close out the day with a won over Vanderbilt,” Hagen said. “After dropping our first two matches of the day, it would be easy for the team to be down, but they kept fighting and even when it looked like Vandy had the momentum, we had a huge game to finish it off.”

Amber MacLeod was the only individual to post a top 10 finish, taking 10th overall with a 216.5 average.

The Bearkats will be back in action in two weeks as the head to the SFA Jacks Invitational in Houston.