From SFA Athletics
WICHITA, Kan- Stephen F. Austin sophomore Stephanie Schwartz continued her impressive postseason run Tuesday, qualifying for the Intercollegiate Singles championship Saturday evening.
Bowling three head-to-head individual games per round, Schwartz qualified as the number eight seed among the 16-competitor field, earning a bye in the opening round. She defeated ninth-seeded Nicole Troha of St. Francis 723-649, advancing to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Verity Crawley of Webber International. Schwartz raced out to a commanding lead after two games, then closed out the match with a 663-623 victory, advancing to Saturday's semifinal.
Schwartz will compete against fourth-seeded Morgan Brown of Fairleigh Dickinson for a spot to go to the finals Saturday evening. The winner of that match will face the winner of seventh-seeded Emily Eckhoff (Hastings College) and 11th-seeded Tawni Vollmer (Webber International) for the ITC individual national championship.
It is the latest in a memorable season for Schwartz, who has already captured the U.S. Amateur title and was named the NTCA National Division I Player of the Year, picking up first team All-America honors for the second-straight year. Schwartz also served as the anchor for the Ladyjack bowling team that is coming off its win at the 2016 NCAA Bowling Championships, earning the first Division I national title for SFA Athletics.
In addition to Schwartz's competition, SFA will also begin competition as a team at the USBC Intercollegiate Championships Thursday, aiming to bring another national championship trophy back to Nacogdoches. The Ladyjacks were one of 16 teams to qualify for the competition, including NCAA tournament qualifiers McKendree and North Carolina A&T and rival, Wisconsin-Whitewater. Competition gets underway with six four-game baker qualifying matches, leading up the championship bracket.