RICHMOND, Virginia (Nov. 3, 2019) - Mount St. Mary's bowling made it to the championship match at this weekend's Virginia Union Invitational, coming home with a runner-up finish. A comeback and a sweep during Sunday's bracket play helped the Mountaineers reach the top. The Mountaineers entered championship Sunday as the three-seed and won their first two matches against Chestnut Hill and Howard before falling in the championship match.
The accomplishment is Mount's third trophy finish out of four this season, alongside a runner-up finish at the Bud Whitman Invitational and a first place finish by the USBC Varsity Team in State College - the latter of which also occuring this weekend.
Sophomore Rebecca Dodson continued her dominant weekend with a 20.20 baker frame average on the day to compliment her Tournament MVP performance on Saturday. Sophomore Kayla Durbala also came up big for the Mount with a 19.60 baker frame average.
#21 Mount 4 | Chestnut Hill 3
After a few self-inflicted wounds resulted in a 3-2 deficit to Chestnut Hill, the Mount responded with a huge string of strikes to take game six before bearing down in game seven to complete the comeback and move into the semi-finals.
#21 Mount 4 | Howard 0
The Mountaineers wasted no time taking care of Howard in the semi-final match, winning each game handily by double-digit figures.
#21 Mount 1 | Wilmington 4
After taking a 1-0 lead, the Mount was unable to match the strings put together by a red-hot Wilmington team in games two thru four before falling in game five.
"Overall, today was a step in the right direction," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "Especially in the Chestnut Hill match, we saw our ladies really reach back and pull out a win when it may have seemed all but mathematically over. We made that match more interesting than it should have been, but showed we learned our lesson by taking care of business against Howard. We tip our hats to Wilmington for catching fire against us on a tough pattern. With conference play looming, we feel more confident about or ability to step up in big situations while also acknowledging what we need to work on in this short week of practice."
Mount St. Mary's returns to the lanes next weekend for the first Northeast Conference meet. They will play each conference foe once in the quint baker format.