Mount Bowling Places Third in Talented Field at Stallings Invite

Mount Bowling Places Third in Talented Field at Stallings Invite
GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 17, 2019) – The Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team placed third out of 12 teams at the Stallings Invite at AMF All-Star Lanes Sunday. The Mount picked up an additional win in their victory over #19 nationally ranked Alabama-Birmingham to secure their second consecutive tournament trophy finish and fourth in five position tournaments.
Sophomores Rebecca Dodson and Tamera Stanton placed first and second individually with six game total pin-falls of 1350 (225.0 average) and 1347 (224.5) average, respectively. Sophomores Danielle Milo (1140 total, 190 average), Ashley Santos (1113 total, 185.5 average) and Barbara Hawes (1112, 185.3 average) also held their own in the traditional format. Dodson (20.91 frame average) and Stanton (20.68 frame average) continued their hot scoring in Sunday's baker play.
#21 Mount: 905 | #17 Louisiana Tech: 937
The conditions played much tougher Sunday and the Mount suffered only their second loss of the weekend to #17 La. Tech in a match that came down to the final frame. Dodson (221) and Santos (202) led the charge for MSM in the last match of qualifying.
#21 Mount: 1 | #7 Eastern Shore: 4
The Mount faced the #7 ranked Hawks at their best, as Eastern Shore only opened twice in their 48 frames of play to open bracket play. The loss would put MSM down in the bracket to battle for third and fourth with the top three finishing teams receiving hardware.
#21 Mount: 4 | #19 Alabama Birmingham: 3
The Mountaineers made sure their great weekend did not come home empty handed in the trophy department, defeating UAB in a match that went all the way to game seven after the Mount surrendered an early 3-1 lead. Stanton delivered the game sealing strike in the ninth frame of the final game before Dodson finished the match strong.
"What a great weekend for our program," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "Some people may see third place as third place and just another trophy, but receiving hardware at a tournament as stacked as this one almost feels more like a win than placing first at a smaller scale tournament. We know if we bring this mindset to the NEC winter meet, we will put ourselves in a great position to conclude the first semester of competition. That is the goal and we will use every bit of our practice time until then to ensure that happens."
The Mountaineers will have their first two week break of the season before concluding the first semester of competition at the NEC Winter Meet Dec. 7-8 at Colony Park Lanes in York, Pa. MSM currently holds a 35-15 win-loss record (3-3 NEC) and are tied for fourth in conference standings.