Richmond, Va. (November 11, 2019) – The No. 21 nationally ranked Mount St. Mary's bowling team grinded out a perfect 4-0 record at day one of the Virginia Union Invite at Bowl America Short Pump in Richmond, Va. The Mount picked up wins over Bowie State, Virginia State, Virginia Union and Fayetteville State.
Sophomore Rebecca Dodson paced the way for the Mountaineers in the anchor position with a 19.04 baker frame average on challenging lane conditions. Sophomore Tamera Stanton also contributed to the scoring effort with an 18.42 baker frame average.
#21 MOUNT: 851 | Bowie State: 712
The Mountaineers grinded out an 851-712 win over in-state foe and defending CIAA champion Bowie State to begin competition. A 195 first game on tight conditions gave the Mount an early 47-pin lead they would refuse to relinquish.
#21 MOUNT: 892 | Virginia State: 625
The Mount picked up the scoring pace a notch in an 892-625 win over Virginia State. The ladies found themselves in a grind once again, with all five games ranging between 165 and 195.
#21 MOUNT: 854 | BYE
MSMU shot an 854 in their bye round due to the odd number of teams present at the event. The tough pattern proved to be a grinding effort once again with all five games in the 160-180 range.
#21 MOUNT: 921 | Virginia Union: 611
The Mountaineers used initial games of 190 and 200 to put together a victory against the tournament host Virginia Union. It would be the fourth highest match score in the entire field.
#21 MOUNT: 841 | Fayetteville State: 803
The Mount was tested, but persevered in an 841-803 victory over Fayetteville State to complete a perfect 4-0 record on the day. Final margins of 185-168 and 170-134 in games four and five were key in a minor comeback for the Mountaineers.
"The most important thing is we are 4-0", said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "Including our home tournament, these last two competitions have had the toughest lane conditions of anything we have seen to date. That being said, we need to find those extra pins as this pattern challenges us both physically and mentally. First thru fourth are as tight as can be. A great outing tomorrow will put us exactly where we want to be heading into championship Sunday."
The Mountaineers currently sit in fourth place out of 11 teams, 40-pins behind first-place Wilmington, 39-pins behind second place Howard, and 2-pins behind third place Chestnut Hill. Fifth place Coppin State currently sits over 300-pins behind the Mount, essentially making tomorrow a seeding day for positions one thru four.
Competition will resume tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM ET and can be streamed live off the team's Facebook Page.