Glen Allen, Virginia (November 3, 2018) - Mount St. Mary's women's bowling remains unbeaten during the second day of the Virginia Union Invite on Saturday. The Mount posted a 5-0 record on Saturday to remain a perfect 9-0 tournament overall and with the 1,008 set against Morgan State in match five, the Mountaineers were only the second team to shoot over 1,000 all tournament. The 1,008 set propelled the Mount from fifth to fourth in the standings, which made Mount St. Mary's one of four teams to compete for the championship tomorrow. The other three teams are #9 Fairleigh Dickinson, #12 Sacred Heart, and #13 Saint Francis-PA.
The Mountaineers topped Felician, Virginia State, Howard, the host of the tournament, Virginia Union, and Morgan State. Danielle Milo led the way for Mount St. Mary's with a 192.0 average, highlighted by games of 224 in the first match against Felician and 213 in the last match against Morgan State.
"This entire weekend has been a grind and finally in the last match of qualifying we were able to break through for over a 1,000 to sneak us into the top four teams with a chance to win it all tomorrow," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "We came in with an ambitious goal of going undefeated with a tournament championship and that goal is still a reality thanks to that big last set. We will leave it all out there tomorrow against some of the best teams in the country and see where the cards fall."
Mount St. Mary's: 894
The Mount registered a 894-860 win over Felician in the first match of the day thanks to a 224 game from Milo and a 191 game from Ashley Santos. With the win, Mount St. Mary's has now tabbed two wins over Felician on the year.
Mount St. Mary's: 883
Virginia State: 799
Following their opening match win, the Mountaineers continued their successful tournament when they topped Virginia State, 883-799. The match was highlighted by Milo's second straight game over 190 and a 189 game from Rebecca Dodson.
Mount St. Mary's: 853
In the third match of the day, the Mount edged past Howard 853-813 in a low scoring affair and Tamara Stanton led the team with a 179 game.
Mount St. Mary's: 870
Virginia Union: 641
In a match against the tournament host, Virginia Union, the Mountaineers downed the Panthers 870-641 and Dodson and Santos both rolled over a 180 to lead the team.
Mount St. Mary's: 1008
Morgan State: 875
The Mount made it nine straight wins in the invite, five on the day, with a 1008-875 win over Morgan State. Every Mountaineer in the match tabbed over a 175 game highlighted by Kayla Durbala's 236 game coming in off the bench. With the perfect 5-0 day, Mount St. Mary's moves to 26-2 on the year.
The tournament will conclude tomorrow, November 4, with bracket play starting at 9:30 AM. The matches can be streamed live from the team's Facebook page. The 4-seed Mountaineers open competition tomorrow against #12 3-seed Sacred Heart. The winner of that match will player the loser of 1-seed Saint Francis and 2-seed Fairleigh Dickinson. The winner of that match will play in the championship round.