Dec. 8, 2009
Midlothian, VA- The Sacred Heart women's bowling team compiled a flawless 11-0 record and finished in third place in total pinfall at the Jeannette Invitational. The Pioneers were led by Savannah Zientara (Lewiston, NY) who aveaged 198 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Sarah Pelletier (Lewiston, ME) was second on the squad with a 189 average.
The Pioneers opened the tournament with a convincing 929-720 victory over North Carolina Central University. Pelletier started her tournament with a 213 and Marissa Gagliardi (North Branford, CT) shot 211 to start the day. Sacred Heart rolled into first place after two games following a 963-664 rout of St. Augustine College. SHU struggled each of the next two games but still earned victories over St. Paul's College, 852-682, and Johnson C. Smith University 810-786. Zientara shot 225 to provide a spark for the Pioneers who squashed Chowan University 902-551 in game five. Sacred Heart finished big with the high game of the tournament, shooting 1004 to defeat Fayetville State University by 300 pins.
Sacred Heart started day two with a 709-576 over Virginia State University. SHU would shoot its best set of the day to defeat Livingstone College 795-625. The Pioneers then downed the current CIAA Eastern Division leader Elizabeth City State College 736-661. In the fourth match of the afternoon Sacred Heart edged out a win over Bowie State 687-593. The Pioneers concluded the tournament with a 779-730 victory over rival NEC member St. Francis College.
SHU now has a 24-20 record after the first half of the 2009-10 season. After the tournament head coach Becky Kregling commented, "The girls worked hard over the last couple weeks and it showed. We needed this performance and it's a great way to head into the winter break."
The women's bowling team will return to aciton January 24, 2010 in Wallingford, CT at the Viking Invitational.