On Saturday, the Sam Houston State bowlers posted a 2-3 record and sit in fourth place heading into Sunday’s action at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington.
After going unbeaten on day 1, the Kats had a little tougher go of it on Saturday, but are still in position to finish in the top four and have a chance for the title with one match left Sunday morning.
“Overall it wasn’t a terrible day but we need to continue to fill frames when the matches are close,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “When everyone’s doing their part and job we are pretty unbeatable even with an oops or two now and then.”
The Kats will face Arkansas State in the morning in the final traditional match before the brackets are set. They currently have a 79-pin lead over Nebraska for the final spot in the championship bracket.
Amber MacLeod led the way for the Bearkats individually with a 218 five-game average, placing her 9th overall. Her high game of 254 was also top on the day for the Bearkats. Stephanie Zavala is 13th with a 215 average.
They opened the day with a big 218-pin win over the hosts Prairie View and a 67-pin win over Fairleigh Dickenson. But losses to McKendree, Louisiana Tech and Maryland Eastern Shore made it a tough finish to the day.
“We have to limit the mental mistakes and fill frames,” Hagen said. “Late in the day our headaches were self-inflicted and the mistakes were strictly mental which is unacceptable. We’re stronger than that.”