Reading, Pa. (October 13, 2018) – The Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team went a perfect 5-0 and captured the tournament crown at its first ever tournament in program history. After a low-scoring win against second-year program Robert Wesleyan, the Mountaineers racked up wins against Coppin State, #24 nationally-ranked Kutztown, #15 Adelphi and Youngstown State.
Tamera Stanton led the way for the Mount with a 20.14 baker frame average and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Erin Burkart also pitched in with an 18.83 baker frame average over 30 frames. Danielle Milo had an 18.18 baker frame average.
Mount St. Mary's: 786
Robert Wesleyan: 699
Scores were low on fresh conditions, as the Mountaineers were able to grind out a 786-699 victory over second-year program Robert Wesleyan.
Mount St. Mary's: 909
Coppin State: 816
The Mountaineers won an in-state match-up with Coppin State, 909-816, highlighted by a 237-second game and 206 fourth game.
Mount St. Mary's: 906
#24 Kutztown: 843
The Mount picked up its first win against a nationally-ranked team in its match with #24 Kutztown. The win was aided by a 202 fourth game.
Mount St. Mary's: 1027
#15 Adelphi: 923
After getting its first win against a nationally-ranked team, the Mount made it two-for-two with a 1027-923 win over #15 ranked Adelphi. It was a complete set for the Mountaineers, with games of 239, 203, 204, 202, and 179.
Mount St. Mary's: 951
Youngstown State: 799
The Mountaineers concluded day one undefeated with a 951-799 win over Youngstown State. A 237 last game sealed both the match win and overall tournament win for MSMU.
"I am beyond proud of how our nine freshmen competed and stayed resilient today," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "Our formula was simple, trust our adjustments and make quality shots and then seeing where the cards fell. Today, we were fortunate to do something I do not think many programs accomplish in their first ever tournament. We will rest up and enter tomorrow with the same attitude."
The Mountaineers won the tournament by a 98-pin margin over #8 nationally-ranked Delaware State. They will resume competition tomorrow with a five-match traditional tournament. Competition begins at 9 AM and will be streamed live on the team's Facebook Page.