In the nine-year history of the Sam Houston State bowling program, they have done just about everything in the sport. From winning the school’s first-ever Division I national championship in 2014 to rolling both team and individual 300 games, the Kats have had no shortage of accomplishments. 

But Friday, they wrote a new entry into the program’s record book. On the opening day of the Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic, the Kats posted a 4-1 record and sit on top of the standings. That’s nothing new for the Kats. What’s notable is all four wins were against teams in the top 10 in the country. That’s a first. 

With victories over No. 9 Tulane, No. 4 Arkansas State, No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 7 SFA, the Kats knocked off four teams in top 10 of the NTCA poll in a single day for the first time in program history. The only loss of the day was a 2-pin defeat at the hands of No. 3 Nebraska.

“This is a really quality tournament and these are the kind of days we have to have as we get closer to the end of the regular season,” said head coach Brad Hagen. We did a great job maintaining our composure throughout the day but we need to continue to play our game and put pressure on our opponents.”

The Kats opened the day at USA Bowl in Dallas with a 3-pin win over Tulane. They followed that with a 101-pin victory over Arkansas State and then beat Vandy by 14 pins. After the loss to Nebraska they came back with their best game of the day, beating SFA 1,007 to 987.

The 1,007 was the fourth-best game of the day.

“Today’s conditions were very demanding and there was no room for error,” Hagen said. “It doesn’t get any easier tomorrow and we are going to have to keep that same intensity again to position ourselves to win a title.”