Ladyjacks bowl past PVAMU, set for SHSU in Round One of NCAA Tourney

The bowling team greets fans while boarding the vehicle to begin the journey to Ohio. The Ladyjacks will face off against Sam Houston at 8 a.m. Thursday at RollHouse Wickliffe in Cleveland, Ohio.

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.

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