The Bearkat bowlers finished off another weekend strong, going 3-0 on Sunday at the Warhawk Classic to take home fifth place at the 17-team event.
The Kats entered the day as the No. 8 seed, but proceeded to knock of Monmouth, Lincoln Memorial and the hosts, Maryland-Eastern Shore to finish the tournament with a 9-3 record.
“Today was a pretty huge day for us for a few reasons,” said coach Brad Hagen. “Not only did we go back to back weekends of climbing the ladder going 3-0 for the day, but the ladies who were in the lineup did a great job keeping their composure. A few times they got themselves into a hole and they made up for it on the back side by making some key shots on the back side of games.”
The Bearkats opened the day with a 4-2 win over Monmouth in the best of seven match play format. The Kats took the opening two games before winning it in the sixth. Against Lincoln Memorial, the Bearkats cruised to a 4-0 win, topping 200 in all four games. In the fifth-place match, the Kats pushed UMES to seven games, coming from 3-2 down to take the match. They posted a tournament-high 279 in the sixth game.
“As we move forward we need to continue to set the tone and pace as well as fill frames,” Hagen said. “We had several opportunities today to close out matches early and we let some routine spares slip away that served as crucial reminders to stay focused and do our jobs because you never know what the other team will do so we have to control the controllables.”
In the last three tournaments, the Kats are 8-1 in Sunday’s bracket play, after going 0-3 in the opening tournament of the year at Tulane.
“I'm proud of how we stepped up the last two weekends and it was a great way to save the first half respectably,” Hagen said. “Everyone has been contributing and we must recharge the batteries and continue taking steps forward.”
This was the final tournament of the fall semester for the Bearkats. They will be back in action at the Mid-Winter Invitational hosted by Arkansas State on Jan. 11.