Facing some of the top teams in the country, the Sam Houston bowlers held on to the top spot at the SFA Ladyjack Hammer Classic in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Sam Houston put up a 3-2 record on the day, but held on to the lead in total pinfall. They will face No. 2 ranked McKendree in the opening round of double elimination bracket play on Sunday.
“Overall it’s been a great weekend,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “In a high scoring environment and on this pattern make-able spares are still crucial and you can’t just afford to give anything away.”
The Kats were lead individually by Elise Chambers and Katelyn Dickerson. Chambers was second overall with a 230 average. She started the day with her best game, bowling a 265 in a win over No. 23 Youngstown State.
Dickerson is third overall with a 226 average. She stayed consistent throughout the day, bowling all five games in the 200s, including a high of 246 in a win over No. 14 Tulane.
Sunday’s match against McKendree will be a rematch of one of two Saturday losses by the Bearkats. Vanderbilt and Nebraska are the other two teams in the top portion of the bracket with a chance to win the title.
“Anytime you can position yourself to win a tournament positives can be taken away from the day,” Hagen said. “Sunday is going to be tough, with three other teams in the top 6 in the country also going for the championship and this will be a good test for us.”