Lincoln, Neb. (April 19, 2013)—The Sacred Heart Bowling team starts the second day of competition at the 2013 Intercollegiate Team Championships against No. 11 Kutztown University in the second round of the consolation bracket Friday morning. The Pioneers fell in the first round of the double-elimination bracket to No. 9 University of Wisconsin Whitewater before topping Newman University in seven games in the first round of the consolation bracket to end day 1.
The Pioneers were seeded eighth after 18 baker games. Jackie Carbonetto (Blauvelt, N.Y.) led the team in scoring by averaging 21.37 per frame. Nicole Trudell (Coventry, R.I.) and Jayna Tartaglia (Rye Brook, N.Y.) were next in average and both struck 50% of their shots.
A very slow start of 696 put the Pioneers in 14th after the first block of four baker games. Meghan Pero (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Kate Wilson (Dighton, Mass.) came in off the bench to improve the team's score to 750 for the next four games moving the team up to 13th.
Tartaglia was inserted into the line-up for the next two rounds and led the team filling all 16 frames with strikes or spares helping the team shoot 913 and 880 to move up to 7th, but SHU had trouble hitting the pocket and striking as the lanes broke down. Their scores dropped to 711 and 719 the last two rounds to fall to 8th.
As the No. 8 seed, they faced No. 9 University of Wisconsin Whitewater in the first round of best of seven baker matches. The Pioneers never got going and was outscored and out bowled from start to finish, as the Warhawks swept in four games (178-149, 216-192, 219-179, 241-216).
Sacred Heart redeemed itself to stay alive, topping No. 16 Newman University 4-3. After taking the first two games 245-225 and 167-155, the Pioneers dropped the next three straight (214-207, 213-190, 208-166) putting the pressure on Sacred Heart to win the next two games. SHU forced a game seven winning the sixth game 193-179. Corrine Maher (Brick Township, N.J.) and Carbonetto filled all 14 frames with either strikes or spare to lead the team to the crucial game seven win, 182-159.