The No.6-ranked Stephen F. Austin bowling team beat Prairie View A&M in the opening round of the 2019 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship to advance to the eight-team championship bracket.
The quest for SFA’s second national championship in the Division I era got a little closer after handling PVAMU Friday in the Eamrald Bowl in Houston.
The Jacks got off to a fast start in the Baker total pinfall match with a 206-152 win in the first game, a 172-155 score in the second game and clinched the match with a 211-174 win in game four. SFA dropped games three and five to the Panthers. SFA claimed a 62-pin win in the traditional team match with a score of 843-781 and clinched the mega match with an 88-pin victroy in the Baker total pinfall match, 921-833.
Paige Beeney led the way for the Ladyjacks by posting a 197 game, followed by Megan Eaglehouse with 178 and 162 from Carlene Beyer.
With the win, SFA advances to the championship bracket where bitter rival and No.6-ranked Sam Houston State awaits. SHSU is coming off a season in which the Bearkats were crowned the Southland Bowling League champion.
The Ladyjacks and Bearkats will square off at 8 a.m. Thursday at RollHouse Wickliffe in Cleveland, Ohio. The location will be the sight for the entirety of the championship bracket.
Each round in the championship bracket will be a best-of-three match and will be set on a three-team game format, including Baker total pinfall, five-person traditional team and best-of-seven Baker match. The championship bracket is double-elimination.