On the second day of competition, the Sam Houston Bearkats did just enough to move into the top four in the overall standings and have put themselves in position for a tournament title.

Sam Houston went 3-2 on the day and moved from seventh to fourth to move into the the championship portion of the bracket for Sunday’s bracket round.

“Today was another demanding day but the fact we were able to stay focused until the end despite some hiccups and still sneak in to the top 4 is great,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “The seniors really did their part today and everyone contributed to the cause.”

Stephanie Zavala led the way for the Bearkats, posting a top five individual finish on the day. Her five game average of 226, was fifth best, which included a team high of 255. Amber MacLeod had a top-20 finish as well, bowling a 212 average which placed her 17th.

In the final match of the day against the host school Kutztown, the Bearkats bowled their best match of the day, rolling a 1,053, jumping them two spots in the standings to get to the fourth place ahead of Southland rivals Arkansas State as well as Delaware State.

The Bearkats will open Sunday play against Tulane bowling for a spot in the semifinals against either McKendree or Vanderbilt.

“We need to regroup and refocus to take care of tomorrow,” Hagen said. “Ironically tomorrow is setting up to be our opportunity at redemption from Arkansas. If we can get the first match under our belt I feel confident we can climb the ladder.”

Action begins at 7:30 a.m. and can be seen live on the Sam Houston Bowling YouTube Channel