The Bearkats posted a 2-0 mark today in the bracket round to finish in fifth at the Prairie View Invitational.
Following a loss in the final team match of the day, the Kats dropped to fifth in the standings, knocking them out of championship contention. But the Kats responded, knocking off Maryland Eastern Shore and North Carolina A&T to take fifth in a loaded field that included nine of the top 10 teams in the country.
“I was really happy with the way we bounced back after the loss to Tulane,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “They could have let that get in their heads, but they fought back and got us another top-5 finish.”
In the opening match in bracket play, the Kats were cruising, taking a three games to one lead in the best of seven match. But UMES stormed back, forcing a seventh game. It went all the way to the final frame and Katelyn Dickerson rolled two strikes to seal it.
In the fifth place match against NCA&T the Kats were once again pushed to a seventh game after winning three of the first four games. In the seventh, the Kats pulled it out 202-185.