Sam Houston State Forces Rematch with Vanderbilt for NCAA Title Match Spot

first_img Madysen Keller Lynne Fishler Traditional Scores Morning Session – 9 a.m.Match 13 – No. 4 Vanderbilt vs. No. 5 Sam Houston State 181 Championship Game – 5:30 p.m.No. 2 McKendree vs. Match 13 Winner Jadee Scott-Jones 222 Faced with another decisive baker segment, the Commodores held strong. After exchanging wins in the first two games, Sam Houston found itself with a narrow lead at 369-362 before Vanderbilt rattled off three consecutive wins (177-164, 190-153, 222-177) to take a 951-863 pinfall win and a knot the match at 1-1, forcing a best-of-seven baker series. No. 4 Vanderbilt vs. No. 5 Sam Houston StateSam Houston State proved its mettle once again in the afternoon session. Facing elimination just hours after knocking off the reigning Southland champion, the Bearkats grinded out a 2-1 win over Vanderbilt to force an if-necessary game tomorrow morning. ARKANSAS STATE – Traditional: L 890-988 | Baker: L 944-979 193 204 The rematch between the Commodores and Bearkats will begin at 9 a.m. CT tomorrow on NCAA.com/live. The winner advances to face defending national champion McKendree at 5:30 p.m. in the title match on ESPNU. 202 Team Baker Scores Lynne Fishler VANDERBILT – Traditional: L 948-975 | Baker: W 951-863 | Baker Best-of-Seven: L 2-4 (WLLLWL) The Bearkats punched their ticket to the afternoon semifinal where another fellow Southland opponent in No. 4 Vanderbilt awaited. 179 212 178 Katie Stark 190 SAM HOUSTON STATE – Traditional: W 975-948 | Baker: L 863-951 | Baker Best-of-Seven: W 4-2 (LWWWLW) Team Baker Scores 160 SAM HOUSTON STATE – Traditional: W 988-890 | Baker: W 979-944 Tacey Ballen 169 The Bearkats gradually chipped away at the Vanderbilt lead after falling behind 237-196 after three frames. Little by little the gap closed and it wasn’t until after nine frames were done that Sam Houston State held its first lead of the traditional match, 816-803. The gap remained close, with the score at 948-932 in favor of Sam Houston heading into the final bowlers. Bearkat anchor Stephanie Zavala closed out with a team-high 222 while an open 10th from the Commodores’ Maria Bulanova sealed a 975-948 for the fifth seed and a 1-0 match advantage. Madysen Keller 198 Tournament Homepage | Live Stream Replays | Press ConferencesST. LOUIS, Mo. – Sam Houston State continued its NCAA tournament run with back-to-back upsets over league opponents in day two of competition. Facing elimination in both of their matches, the Bearkats first swept No. 3 Arkansas State in the morning session before surviving a grueling best-of-seven series with No. 4 Vanderbilt to take a 2-1 win and force a rematch tomorrow morning. 174 192 Stephanie Zavala 248 Amber MacLeod 177 200 No. 3 Arkansas State vs. No. 5 Sam Houston StateWith elimination facing the loser of the morning’s clash of Southland Bowling League members, the Bearkats came out on top in impressive fashion against the reigning league champions. Sam Houston got out to a hot start in the traditional match, building an early lead which they never relinquished. The Bearkats were up 231-211 after three frames, helped by six open frames from the Red Wolves. A-State’s Leah Glazer opened with three consecutive opens of her own. By the time five frames were done, Sam Houston had built a 452-363 advantage. Arkansas State managed to pull the deficit only to 90 and went into the 10th down 100. The Bearkats would close out the traditional portion with a 988-890 win and a 1-0 edge in the match. Stephanie Zavala The decisive baker segment was a back and forth battle before the No. 5 seed shut the door in the fifth game. After the two sides exchanged victories, Sam Houston was ahead 394-382 after two games played. Another back-and-forth pair of games pushed Arkansas State ahead by just five (784-779) heading into the fifth game. The Bearkats capitalized, putting up a 200 game to defeat the Red Wolves 200-160, sealing a 979-944 baker win and a 2-0 upset to send A-State home.center_img 191 Team Baker Scores Kristin Quah Afternoon Session 222 After the Commodores took the opening game in decisive fashion (218-139) for a 1-0 advantage, the Bearkats answered with three emphatic wins of their own (224-163, 235-176, 226-204), shooting out to a 3-1 best-of-seven lead. Up against the ropes, Vanderbilt took a second victory to pull the series to 3-2. The teams went nearly strike for strike down the stretch of game six and headed into the 10th frame with the score dead even. It was the No. 5 seed that would come out on top again as Sam Houston held on for a 4-2 win and a chance to earn a championship match berth tomorrow morning. 160 Morning Session 214 Taylor Davis DAY THREE MATCHUPS: 156 167 209 Amber MacLeod Traditional Scores 153 177 212 147 177 Traditional Scores Jordan Richard Maria Bulanova Tacey Ballen 195 202 222 Emily Rigney Haley Richard Team Baker Scores 182 205 Traditional Scores 164 202 190 Jordan Newham 153 Leah Glazer 200 158last_img

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