March 14, 2010
The Pioneers lost their first match of the day but would rebound to win the next two and take third place at the Music City Classic in Smyrna, TN. Sacred Heart qualified fourth entering the bracket portion of the event, which included 14 of the top 15 teams in the nation. Sacred Heart swept Central Missouri 4-0 in a best of seven series and defeated third seeded Arkansas State in five games to claim a third place finish.
Sacred Heart matched up with Arkansas State in the first round of the day, all bracket contests were a best of seven baker match format. SHU fell behind 2-0 as Arkansas State put up 185-153 and 168-127 victories. The Pioneers would even the set with two huge games, coming out on top with scores of 226-184 and 214-202. However, Arkansas St. came back with back-to-back 200+ games of their own to hand SHU just their fourth loss of the tournament.
The Pioneers rolled through sixth seeded Central Missouri in their second match of the day. SHU completed a sweep of CMU four straight: 218-188, 183-159, 158-152, 206-163. Sacred Heart would then get a chance at redemption in the third place match of the tournament, again meeting up with Arkansas State.
The Red Wolves jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the Pioneers for the second straight match with a 50 pin triumph, 207-157. However, the Pioneers immediately responded to even the seven game set at 1-1, edging out Arkansas State 219-202. SHU would then win another tight game to push ahead in the match, edging out a 172-158 victory. From there the Pioneers exploded past the Red Wolves shooting 206 and 238 in the final two games, winning both and taking third place for the tournament.
Sacred Heart finished the tournament with an 11-4 match play record. The Pioneers return to action next weekend as they compete for the Northeast Conference Championship. SHU struggled at the qualifying meets and enters as the #6 seed. However, the Pioneers enter the event bowling the best they have all season and will be a dangerous draw as they hunt for their first NEC title.