Altoona, Pa. (January 25, 2019) – The 19th-ranked Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team currently sits in second place at the Red Flash Invitational hosted by Saint Francis University. The Mountaineers went 4-1 on the opening day with wins over #25 nationally-ranked Kutztown, Penn State-Behrend, Felician, and Penn State-Altoona.
Freshman Rebecca Dodson led the way with a 19.20 baker frame average on a very challenging lane pattern. Freshman Tamera Stanton also contributed in a huge way with an 18.96 baker frame average in the set-up position.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 895
#25 Kutztown: 838
In a match that was closer than the final score indicated, the Mount was able to defeat #25 nationally-ranked Kutztown thanks to a 209 fifth game that featured six consecutive strikes on the backend. Kutztown would be the only ranked opponent the Mount would play all day.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 853
Mount Aloysius: 956
The highest set for any team on day one came from Mount Aloysius with a 956 against the Mount. Despite an early 25-pin lead after game one, the Mountaineers could not respond to the higher-scoring pace of MAC later on in the match.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 789
Penn State-Behrend: 669
The Mountaineers began match three with a complete lineup change, giving the three bench players at the time a chance to prove themselves into the lineup. Despite the low scoring battle, the Mount was able to ease its way past the Nittany Lions from Erie.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 948
The Mount responded well to the lowest set of the day with their highest set of the day in a 948-811 win over Felician. Of the three bench players put in the PSU-Behrend match, freshman Barbara Hawes was given the green light to continue the remainder of the day. The new lineup started hot with games of 227 and 203 to aid the victory.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 928
Penn State-Altoona: 708
The Mount concluded baker play with a nice 928 set to beat Penn State-Altoona. Aided by games of 203 and 213, the Mountaineers jumped up to second place overall after being in fifth following the third match of the day.
"We had to send a message after the Mount Aloysius match that no one is exempt from being pulled if we fail to execute, specifically in the spare game," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "We gave our three bench players a chance to start the third match, and although not all of them were able to go the distance, I believe the team bought in as we responded with our two best sets to end the day. It is vital we bring that same sense of urgency and determination into traditional play tomorrow."
The Red Flash Invite will resume tomorrow at 10 a.m. with five traditional matches. The Mountaineers are set to play #9 Saint Francis-PA, Long Island-Post, #25 Kutztown, Penn State-Behrend, and Penn-State Altoona.