Altoona, Pa. (January 27, 2019) – The No. 19 Mount St. Mary's Women's Bowling team finished in third place at the Red Flash Invitational at Holiday Bowl in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The Mountaineers suffered a tough luck first round defeat to LIU-Post before rebounding with a win against Felician and avenging their loss to LIU-Post in the final round.
Freshman Rebecca Dodson led the way for the Mountaineers with a 20.20 baker frame average, including multiple clutch shots in the anchor position. Freshman Danielle Milo also contributed nicely in the set-up position with a 19.26 baker frame average.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 3.5 (166-148-200-179-223-226-203-104)
LIU-Post: 4.5 (166-211-216-191-168-202-201-109)
In the longest match of the entire weekend, the Mountaineers and Pioneers started with a 166-166 tie. Following a lane breakdown, a half-hour delay forced the teams to resume their match on a separate pair. LIU-Post drew first blood with a 211-148 win, then used timely breaks in the final frames of games three and four to pull ahead 3.5–0.5. The Mount would not let up, however, responding with three consecutive games over 200 to force a five-frame roll-off tiebreaker. Both teams showed up in overtime, but carry favored the Pioneers in the final frames.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 4 (195-161-182-155)
Felician: 0 (163-104-179-144)
After a heartbreaking defeat, the Mount made quick work of Felician with a 4-0 sweep to earn themselves a rematch against LIU-Post. The deciding moment was in game three when Dodson came through with the first two strikes in the tenth to pull the Mount ahead 3-0.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 4 (179-214-168-199-199-192)
LIU-Post: 2 (170-223-176-172-161-170)
The Mount avenged its loss against LIU-Post the second time around, with seemingly every game coming down to the final frames just like in the first round. This time, the back three combination of freshmen Tamera Stanton, Milo, and Dodson were able to close out the Pioneers in the final three games to win the match 4-2 and secure a third place finish.
The top-three finish gives the Mountaineers their third trophy finish of the year. The previous two trophy finishes came from a first-place showing at the KU Bud Whitman Memorial and a runner-up finish at the Mount Shootout. The team went 9-4 on the weekend, improving their overall record on the inaugural season to 54-22 with a new NTCA coach's poll coming this week.
"As devastating as it was that the first round loss ended our chances to come in first this weekend, I think we needed it," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "It made us regain that chip on the shoulder that we had before we were nationally ranked. We are so much better when we bowl determined and on a mission. I look forward to keeping this mindset moving forward."
The Mountaineers will be back in action February 8-9 at the Golden Bear Classic hosted by Kutztown University. It will be the first of three straight competition weekends to end the regular season.