SFA WIns Sunshine State Winter Classic

first_imgAfter sitting tied at 1-1 with tournament co-host Sacred Heart, SFA rattled off two game wins, including a 255-181 game three, en route to taking three of the final four games of the first-round match. Against fellow Southland Bowling League member Vanderbilt, the Ladyjacks rolled four-straight 200-pin games with scores of 208, 238, 224 and 234. Owning a pinfall total of 13,442 for the three days of play, SFA completed its perfect record by defeating two of the nation’s top three teams in bracket play Sunday. The Ladyjacks backed up a 4-2 opening round win over 20th-ranked Sacred Heart with a dominant 4-0 victory over fellow Southland Bowling League member Vanderbilt. Story by SFA Sports InformationORLANDO, Fla. – Down 3-0 in the championship match, the Stephen F. Austin bowling team dug deep and came from behind for an improbable 4-3 Baker match victory over third-ranked and top-seeded Nebraska to capture the inaugural Sunshine State Winter Classic title Sunday afternoon inside Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando. The Ladyjacks completed their first ever undefeated tournament in program history as SFA went an unblemished 13-0 to claim its second tournament crown in 2019 and fifth all-time. Finding themselves in a 3-0 deficit in the title match against the Huskers, SFA bounced back with a hard-fought 187-174 game four victory before catching fire in the fifth game and rolling to a 240-192 win. The Ladyjacks tied things up at 3-3 with another strong game, taking game six 210-151. In the decisive game seven with the Sunshine State Winter Classic on the line, SFA showed no fear in claiming a 195-160 triumph. Starting each bracket play match Sunday with the lineup of freshman Carlene Beyer, junior Megan Eaglehouse, sophomore Sarah Gill and seniors Dakotah Hazlewood and Paige Beeney, the Ladyjacks picked up their second tournament MVP honor of the season. Serving as the linchpin in the final day’s Baker matches, Beeney was tabbed Sunshine State Winter Classic MVP and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. She finished third among 93 total bowlers with a 212 game average in the five traditional team matches Saturday, knocking down 1,060 total pins and rolling a team-best 256 to will SFA to a 1,090-1,082 victory over ninth-ranked Tulane. “Every tournament we compete in it’s with the goal in mind of working toward the postseason,” added coach Lemke. “Today, we took a step in the right direction of achieving that goal and getting back to the NCAA Championship.” “We dug ourselves into a hole but there is a reason we play best 4-of-7 matches,” head coach Amber Lemke told the team in between the third and fourth games of the championship match. “I preached about having to make quality shots in order for us to get back into it.”last_img