Opening Two Rounds Conclude at 2019 Southland Bowling Championship

first_imgMatch 2: No. 4 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 5 TulaneMatch two was evenly contested as Tulane took the traditional match victory by a 954-858 margin over the Ladyjacks. Tiera Gulum notched a 204 to help the Green Wave to the opening-round victory. Stephen F. Austin stormed back with a win in the baker series matchup, taking down Tulane with a 928-801 margin. Advancers BracketMatch 11: No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 2 Sam Houston State Arkansas State fought back and eventually topped SHSU 1,072-1,026 in the baker total pinfall matchup to force a best of seven series. Match 5: No. 5 Tulane vs. No. 8 ValparaisoTulane found their stride in match five where they topped Valparaiso with back-to-back wins. The Green Wave earned a score of 1,007 in the traditional matchup where Madison McCall led the squad with a 217. Gulum (212) and Crystal Sing (205) also found a groove joining McCall in the 200+ scoring category. With the series knotted at 1-1, the teams entered a Best-of-Seven Baker Series matchup where Stephen F. Austin claimed the opening round. Tulane fought back by winning two of the next three games, but the Ladyjacks proved too powerful and ultimately closed out the matchup with a pair of wins to advance in the bracket. Match 1: No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 8 ValparaisoThe Commodores opened up tournament play with momentum, topping No. 8 Valparaiso 2-0 on the shoulders of 2019 Southland Bowler of the Year Maria Bulanova’s 230 traditional score. Vanderbilt’s Samantha Gainor also registered a 200 to close out the traditional format face off. The Baker total pinfall match pushed the Commodores to their opening round victory as Vanderbilt capped the meeting with a 963-908 advantage over Valparaiso. Louisiana Tech grabbed a 925-891 advantage over Youngstown State to round out the contest and advance to match 10 where they will take on No. 3 Arkansas State. Vandy tallied a 1,066 in the opening series and a 1,049 in the baker total pinfall series to advance as the first team to the semi-final round. Elimination Bracket – First Round Match 4: No. 2 Sam Houston State vs. No. 7 Louisiana TechSam Houston State completed a sweep of their own in their opening round matchup against Louisiana Tech. The Bearkats were led in the traditional score matchup by Kat Dickerson who knocked down a 229 to lead all scorers. SHSU continued to hit the gas, concluding the match in the baker pinfall series with a 975-853 advantage over the Lady Techsters. DALLAS, Texas – After a lengthy opening day of play at the Southland Bowling League Championship, No. 1 Vanderbilt and No. 2 Sam Houston State advance to the semifinal rounds with pair of unblemished records. At the conclusion of play Friday, No. 6 Youngstown State and No. 8 Valparaiso have been eliminated. Youngstown State fell in the opening round at the hands of No. 3 Arkansas State and again to No. 7 Louisiana Tech. Valparaiso fell in round one to top-seeded Vandy before falling to No. 5 Tulane to close out their stay.Day two begins Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. CT with round three (matches 9-10), to be followed by round four (matches 11-12). Match 11 will serve as the semi-final contest of the advancing team’s bracket, with the winner earning a berth into Sunday’s championship match.Day Two Matchups:Elimination BracketMatch 9: No. 4 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 5 TulaneMatch 10: No. 3 Arkansas State vs. No. 7 Louisiana TechMatch 12: Match 9 winner vs. Match 10 winner Match 3: No. 3 Arkansas State vs. No. 6 Youngstown StateArkansas State claimed a sweep over Youngstown State in match three of the opening round. The Red Wolves tallied a pair of bowlers, Denishya Waller (216) and Montana Meyer (202), scoring over 200 in the traditional round matchup. Arkansas State followed suit with a 1,045-949 win in the baker total pinfall series. First Round Match 6: No. 6 Youngstown State vs. No. 7 Louisiana TechThe Lady Techsters ousted the Penguins with a pair of wins in the traditional and baker total pinfall contests. Louisiana Tech tabbed three bowlers in the 200 scoring category, with Kaitlyn Eder finding her stride and leading the team with a 215 in the traditional match. Sam Houston State jumped out to a 3-1 advantage in best-of-seven matchup with the opportunity to seal a victory in round five. The Red Wolves did not go down without a fight as they stole the fifth round, while forcing a sixth. The Bearkats finally concluded play with a round-six win that vaulted them into the semifinals where they will take on No. 1 Vanderbilt. Tulane rounded out the matchup with an 899-838 win over Valparaiso in the baker total pinfall match. The win keeps the Green Wave alive and puts them in a rematch against No. 4 Stephen F. Austin in Saturday’s round three contest. Match 8: No. 2 Sam Houston State vs. No. 3 Arkansas StateThe final matchup of the day proved to be the most tightly contested showdown of the tournament so far. Sam Houston State’s Madysen Keller notched a 203 that pushed the Bearkats to a 1-0 advantage early on. Match 7: No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 Stephen F. AustinVanderbilt continued their success cruising to a 2-0 victory over No. 4 Stephen F. Austin in the seventh matchup of the day. Bulanova pulled no punches, registering a 243 to lead her Commodores squad in the traditional matchup where four Vanderbilt women scored a 200 or higher. Advancers Bracket – Second Roundlast_img