July 20, 2012

Jackie Carbonetto Cements Spot on Junior Team USA 2013

Fairfield, Conn. (July 20, 2012)—Jackie Carbonetto (Blauvelt, N.Y.) of the Sacred Heart Women's Bowling Team finished second in the 2012 North Pointe Junior Gold Championship presented by Brunswick. The second-place finish cemented Carbonetto's spot on Junior Team USA 2013, a lifelong goal for the First Team All-American.

"Jackie is one of the hardest working players we have had in the 20-year history of the Sacred Heart program and it shows," said Head Coach Becky Kregling. "The extra hours on the lanes each day has improved her skill level to compete with the best. It has been an honor to watch her mature on and off the lanes in the last three years."

After defeating her teammate Nicole Trudell 355-318 in the first round of match play early Friday morning, the senior moved onto the next round to challenge the No. 1 seed, Natalie Goodman. Carbonetto was sent to the losers' bracket of the double-elimination tournament after being beaten 446-350.

Carbonetto defeated Nebraska's Liz Kuhlkin 452-416, then knocked out No. 3 seeded Holly Harris 404-385 to advance to the final eight. The Blauvelt, N.Y. native continued her outstanding performance with a convincing 434-375 victory over Sarah Lokker to put her one step closer to her goal.

In the final round of the losers' bracket, Carbonetto cruised to a 447-357 victory, advancing to the championship match and earning her one of the guaranteed spots on Junior Team USA 2013.

With her lifelong goal of making the team accomplished, it was now time to check one more off the list—National Junior Champion was only two matches away.

Carbonetto continued in her composed, focused manner, jumping on the undefeated Robyn Renslow tossing strikes and filling frames as her opponent struggled to find her way to the pocket. She won 456-314 to give Renslow her first loss and for the "if necessary match."

She started the championship match off with a couple open frames, which resulted in a 190-170 loss in game one of the two-game match. Carbonetto never got back into the mode she had been in prior rounds and her opponent did not falter. Renslow took the match and the championship with the 390-331 win.