Women’s Bowling Fall in Regional Round Bracket in NCAA Tournament

By Anthony Covino

Sports Editor

The fifth seeded FDU Women’s Bowling team (35-6, 19-2 NEC) fell in the Regional Round Double Elimination Bracket in the 2021 NCAA Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I’m extremely proud of this group. They are by far the most cohesive, mature, and driven team we’ve had in some time. While we’re obviously disappointed how things turned out, our biggest reward is the experience we’ve gained while here and getting here. Participating and competing in this event will enhance the tremendous growth of the players on the team. Next year is going to be special”, FDU head coach Mike LoPresti said. 

FDU started out the regionals defeating twelfth seeded Sam Houston State with a 2-0 victory on Wednesday, April 7th. Sophomore and All NEC Second Team  Cameron Spring bowled a team high 236 to lead FDU to a 1,006-971 traditional victory in the first mega match. NEC Bowler-of-the-Year and All NEC First Team Senior Jenna Henderson bowled a a 216 followed by fellow First Team All NEC Senior Amanda Chrzanowski who bowled a 213.

FDU took the second baker total-pinfall match, 1,069-1,043 to advance in the regional bracket. FDU took the first game by 14 pins, FDU dropped the second game 215-205 and the third 180-177. FDU picked up steam with a 255-222 fourth game win and a 223-215 fifth game win.

FDU advanced to face thirteenth seeded Youngstown State where FDU fell in the traditional match 1,146-1,080. Spring had a team high 248 with Senior Aimee Sherman, the MVP of the NEC Tournament bowled a 226. Chrzanowski bowled a 211 with Henderson bowling a 202. 

FDU dropped the second mega match on baker total pinfall, 1,050-955 as Youngstown State advanced to the next round with a 2-0 mega match sweep. FDU dropped the first game 199-195 as they fell behind. FDU took the fifth game 204-184 as it was not enough to secure the mega match win.

FDU fell into the loser’s bracket to face their first opponent, thirteenth seeded Sam Houston State on the next day of the NCAA Tournament.

FDU took the traditional match 1,077-1,042 to begin the Thursday mega match. In the second mega match baker total pinfall, FDU fell 1,132-1,064 to even the Mega Match at one match a piece for both schools. 

This forced a best of seven baker match where FDU won the first game 222-191 with Sam Houston State winning the second game 254-213 which tied the match at 1 as Sam Houston State won the next three games to take the 4-1 victory and win the mega match 2-1. 

This match marked the 92nd contest in the NCAA Tournament for FDU as they have a 52-40 record in NCAA Tournament Play. 

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