Dodson Tournament MVP as Bowling Prepares for Championship Sunday

Dodson Tournament MVP as Bowling Prepares for Championship Sunday
Nov. 2, 2019 (Richmond, Va.) – The Mount St. Mary's bowling team will be one of four programs with a shot at the Virginia Union Invite title tomorrow. After a 3-2 outing on Saturday, the Mountaineers will be the 3-seed in the 11-team tournament bracket.
 
Sophomore Rebecca Dodson led the way for the Mount, averaging 197.6 on the day. Dodson's stellar performance on challenging conditions earned her Tournament MVP honors as she out averaged the next highest individual finisher by almost 10-pins a game. She was the only competitor to average over the 190 mark. Fellow sophomore Tamera Stanton also will be named to the all-tournament team after averaging 187.4 for the day.
 
#21 Mount: 784 | Howard: 902
 
Things got off to a rocky start for the Mountaineers in a costly 784-902 defeat at the hands of Howard. Sophomore Barbara Hawes paced the way with a 202.
 
#21 Mount: 963 | Mount Aloysius: 791
 
The Mountaineers responded nicely with a near 200-pin improvement in a 963-791 win over Mount Aloysius. Dodson led the way with a 235.
 
#21 Mount: 964 | Norfolk State: 785
 
Another strong set from the Mount pushed their record to 2-0 on the day with a decisive 964-785 win over Norfolk State. Stanton came up big for the Mountaineers with a 233 game.
 
#21 Mount: 980 | Chestnut Hill: 902
 
In a big standings match, the Mountaineers rode the back of Dodson's 266 game to take down Chestnut Hill 980-902.
 
#21 Mount: 760 | Wilmington: 835
 
On a pair that played tougher than anything the Mount had seen all weekend, the Mountaineers were out-cleaned by the Wildcats in a close 835-760 defeat.
 
"Today we experienced the highs and lows of college bowling," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "In matches two thru five we felt like we could not be stopped. It was a great response to our first match where I felt we got too deep into the lane too soon. Whereas that loss to Howard can be contributed to lane play, I really felt the Wilmington loss was due to the inability to separate shots and regroup on spares. We actually struck more than Wilmington, but just could not grind out our multi-pin spares the way they did. The message tomorrow is simple. Three
 
wins and we will walk out of the door as tournament champions. That is the goal and we have a great group that is more than capable of doing just that."
 
Competition will begin at 9 AM ET tomorrow, as the Mountaineers will open up against the four-seed Chestnut Hill. The winner will move up in the bracket to play the loser of Wilmington and Howard in match two. A second win in round two would put the Mount in the championship match.