Despite a 2-3 team record on Saturday at the Hawk Flight Invite in New Jersey, the Sam Houston bowlers moved up one spot in the standings and will enter Sunday’s bracket play as the No. 2 seed.

The Kats battled through the second day of competition with a 178 average, earning the No. 2 seed in Sunday’s finals by a total of 59 pins over Delaware State. They will face top seed Vanderbilt Sunday morning with the winner advancing to the championship match.

“Even though we didn’t bowl very well today, we are still in position to win,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “We have to come out with more focus against Vanderbilt. They are too good of a team to make mental mistakes against.”

Individually, Stephanie Zavala had a good day. Her 197 average is fifth best in the field of 110 bowlers. She closed the day strong with her best game of 255. Amber MacLeod is 14th overall with a 184 average.

After dropping three of the first four matches of the day, the Bearkats bounced back with a win against FDU to get them in the championship bracket.

"The win against FDU was big for us. We needed that one," Hagen said. "Hopefully we can build off that tomorrow."