HOUSTON – After a 3-2 day during the traditional matches, the Sam Houston State bowlers dropped to fifth in the overall standings at the TRACK Kat Klash on Saturday.


The Kats were edged by just 21 pins by North Carolina A&T for the fourth and final spot in Sunday’s championship bracket. 


“Anytime you get knocked out of an opportunity to win a tournament, it’s always disappointing, especially when it’s your home event,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “I thought we got the day off to a good start, but there in the middle matches, we let somethings get away from us.”


The Kats will be the fifth seed in Sunday’s best-of-7 bracket play and will face SFA in their opening match. Defending tournament champion McKendree is the top seed and will face the No. 2 seed Nebraska in the opening match.


Bea Hernandez led the Bearakts on Saturday with a scoring average of 206, which was good for ninth overall. Hayley Connelly recorded a top 20 finish as well with a 198 average, good for 18thplace in the field of 113 bowlers.


The Bearkats opened the day with their highest scoring victory, 1,027-991 over Tulane, led by the high game of the day for the Bearkats, a 275 by Lynne Fishler. They followed that up with a 103 pin win against La Tech. But a 21-pin loss to McKendree and a 107-pin loss to North Carolina A&T cost the Kats a shot at the top four. They wrapped up the day with a 138 pin victory over Texas Southern.

“We just need to come out and take care of business on Sunday,” Hagen said. “With three wins, we can still take third place and get us to double-digit wins for the weekend, which against this field will be huge for us in the long run.”