KUTZTOWN, PA. (January 27, 2014)—The Sacred Heart bowling team finished twelfth at the Kutztown Invitational this past weekend. The Pioneers went 7-8 over three days of competition, qualifying for the 11 seed heading into match-play on Sunday. After defeating LIU Brooklyn 4-1 in the best of seven match-play, SHU dropped the next two to Kutztown (4-3) and Monmouth (4.5-1.5).
Freshman Lauren Hoffman (Monroe Township, N.J.) was named to the All-Tournament second team after finishing ninth overall with 1259 total pinfall.
The Pioneers opened the tournament with what would be their strongest game of the weekend defeating North Carolina Central 875-698. Senior Nicole Trudell (Coventry, R.I.) struck 71.4% of the time and filled all 14 of her frames, while teammate Amanda Tyrrell (Selden, N.Y.) filled all eight of her frames and struck five times.
Sacred Heart dropped its next game to Delaware State by just three pins, 699-696, before taking the next two from No. 5 Stephen F. Austin, 709-694, and North Carolina A&T, 693-688. Sophomore Jayna Tartaglia (Rye Brook, N.Y.) made all the difference in the two wins. Coming off the bench against Austin, Tartaglia tossed three strikes before recording a clean game against North Carolina A&T.
After falling to UMES 757-647, the Pioneers rebounded with a 777-675 win over Morgan State to finish the day. Trudell posted another clean game against the Bears, while Tartaglia struck 50% of her shots.
The Pioneers, who entered Saturday twelfth out of 26 teams, lost their first four team games of the day to Norfolk State (1013-986), Coppin State (913-856), Vanderbilt (994-952) and University of White Water (1094-871). After a very tough morning, Sacred Heart snapped their losing streak with a 957-940 win over Valparaiso. Hoffman and Tyrrell had very good games shooting 213 and 200 respectively.
SHU closed the day out with another win over Bethune Cookman 976-932. Three Pioneers reached the 200 mark with Trudell leading the team with a 216 game, and Hoffman and Abby Rossi (Great Barrington, Mass.) recording 206 and 204 respectively.
Sacred Heart started match-play on Sunday with a 4-1 win over LIU Brooklyn, taking the first two games 201-198 and 210-165 before dropping the third 198-175. Host-school Kutztown sent the Pioneers into the consolation bracket defeating SHU 4-3.
Ultimately, it was former Northeast Conference opponent Monmouth who ended Sacred Heart's run. After tying the Hawks at 165 in the first game, tbe Pioneers only managed to take one game from Monmouth in the 4.5-1.5 loss. Trudell struck 11 times on 19 attempts, while Nicole Higgins (Old Bridge, N.J.) came off the bench tossing six of eight frames for strikes.
Next weekend, the Pioneers will compete in the USBC Qualifier in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.