#17 Sacred Heart Finishes Strong Weekend at Kutztown Invitational

#17 Sacred Heart Finishes Strong Weekend at Kutztown Invitational

Feb. 1, 2010

The Sacred Heart women's bowling team got off to a perfect 5-0 start and finished 11-4 in match play this weekend at the Kutztown Invitational. The Pioneers would finish the tournament in seventh place, competing in a field with numerous national championship contenders. Savannah Zientara (Lewiston, NY) led SHU with a 205.67 average in six traditional games and posted a baker frame average above 20.

The Pioneers were faced with an early gut check as they found themselves down to Valpo by 100 pins after two games of a four game baker set in the tournament's first match.  SHU would rally with games of 213 and 254 to earn a 35 pin victory.  Sacred Heart would get narrow wins against Southern University, Hampton, and tournament host Kutztown in their next three matches.  The Pioneers finished the afternoon with a 801-696 rout of SUNY-IT to start the tournament with a perfect 5-0 mark.

Day two would not start as smoothly for the red and white as they dropped back to back traditional style matches to Kutztown and Norfolk State.  The Bears shot the high game of the tournament to down the Pioneers while Norfolk state used a double by their anchor in the tenth frame to clip SHU by just seven pins.  Sacred Heart would rebound in a 1023-950 triumph over NEC rival Adelphi, led by Nicole Caggiano's (Woodbridge, NJ) 244.  The Pioneers kicked it into high gear, blowing out each of their opponents the remainder of the day.  The team defeated Howard, Coppin State, and Penn State-Altoona by an average of 356 pins per match.

The final day of the tournament consisted of two baker matches before moving to the bracket stage in a best of seven format.  The Pioneers opened with an impressive 815-805 triumph over perennial national power Vanderbilt. The second match of the day would deliver heartbreak to the Pioneers as they lost a four game set by two pins (779-777) to Central Missouri. 

Central Missouri would again dash the hopes of Sacred Heart as they defeated the Pioneers 4-3 in a best of seven match in the bracket stage.  The Pioneers held a 3-2 advantage in the match but Central Missouri posted games of 224 and 238 to rally past SHU.  Sacred Heart would rally and win their last match of the tournament, a 4-0 shutout of Delaware State to finish in seventh place overall.

The women's bowling team will be back in action in two weeks, February 13-14, as they head to Long Island for the second Northeast Conference meet of the season.