Bearkats Finish Perfect to Claim 2019 Southland Bowling Championship

first_imgDALLAS, Texas – No. 2 Sam Houston State capped a seamless run through the 2019 Southland Bowling League Championship with a win over No. 1 Vanderbilt in the championship match Sunday afternoon. The Bearkats went 4-0 over the course of the tournament and were forced to a third round of play in two of their matches, once to No. 3 Arkansas State and once to top-seeded Vanderbilt.In addition to her Newcomer of the Year award, SHSU freshman Bea Hernandez was named the sixth player on the All-Tournament team and the tournament’s Most Valuable Bowler. The Bearkats needed three rounds to put the Commodores away and finally did so in game seven of the Baker Best-of-Seven Series.Sam Houston State, the Southland Bowling League’s automatic qualifier, will now advance to the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship at RollHouse Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio.How about six straight strikes to win a championship? Trailing in the seventh game of the best-of-7 match against Vanderbilt, @BearkatsBOWL knocked’em all down six times in a row to win the @SouthlandBowl title #StandTall pic.twitter.com/wlhKtfvEY9— BearkatSportsNetwork (@BearkatVid) March 24, 2019 Since the inaugural Southland Bowling Championship in 2015, the Bearkats are the third-team in league history to claim the title.The selection show announcing the field for the 2019 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship will be streamed Wednesday, March 27 at 4 p.m. on NCAA.com.The NCAA Women’s Bowling selection committee will select a field of 12 programs – eight automatic qualifying teams and four at large teams. Teams will be ranked, based on available selection criteria, with the top four being placed in the championship bracket. The remaining eight teams will play in opening round matches to determine the final four teams that will compete in the championship match. Elimination Bracket – Fourth Round No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 Stephen F. AustinVanderbilt earned a two-round victory over Stephen F. Austin in Sunday’s opening match, finishing the Ladyjacks with a 1,035-910 win in the Baker round. The Commodores were led in the Traditional set by Maria Bulanova who tallied a match-high 235. Vanderbilt averaged 208 in the traditional format as Jordan Newham (219) and Samantha Gainor (212) joined Bulanova to score above 200 in the opening game.center_img Sarah Gill attempted a surge early on, tallying a 221 in the traditional game to lead her Ladyjack squad to a score of 1,006 in the round. Unfortunately for SFA, Vanderbilt exploded to a 1,040 in the traditional matchup to set the pace for the contest.Hardware up for grabs on Championship Sunday. Three teams remain…@BearkatsBOWL, @VandyBowling, @SFA_Bowling. #SBL pic.twitter.com/Z18rIxIoU5— Southland Bowling (@SouthlandBowl) March 24, 2019 Championship MatchNo. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 2 Sam Houston StateThe title match went down to the wire between the Bearkats and the Commodores as Sam Houston State defeated Vanderbilt in game seven of the Baker Best-of-Seven showdown. SHSU climbed their way back from a 1-0 deficit following a 921-907 decision in favor of the Commodores in the traditional format match. Elise Chambers led Sam Houston State in the round with a 204-pin performance.Sam Houston State leveled the match at 1-1 following the Baker set to force the Best-of-Seven matchup. The Bearkats jumped out early in the third game with consecutive wins in the opening two rounds. Vanderbilt evened things up with wins in rounds three and four, but Sam Houston State climbed back in front with a round-five victory. The Commodores then leveled the series, topping SHSU 207-172 in round six. Sam Houston State bounced back to tie a bow on their first championship with a narrow 230-225 victory in game seven.All-Tournament TeamBea Hernandez, Sam Houston State (Most Valuable Bowler)Madysen Keller, Sam Houston StateMaria Bulanova, VanderbiltSamantha Gainor, VanderbiltSarah Gill, Stephen F. AustinDenishya Waller, Arkansas Statelast_img read more