BATON ROUGE, La.(Press Release) – Seventh-ranked Stephen F. Austin began its NCAA title defense with a 3-2 record over the opening day of the 2017 NCAA Bowling Championships. The Ladyjacks currently sit tied for third in the team standings and are fourth overall in total pinfall at 4,965.
Through the first five traditional team matches, Paige Kraushaar ranks eighth in the individual standings with a 209.8 average, registering four 200-pin games with a high of 234. Junior Kelsi Anderson joins Kraushaar in the top-10, sitting 10th overall with a 208.4 average, highlighted by her career-best 249 in match three against Nebraska.
Match One – McKendree 947, SFA 942
SFA raced out to a quick start against second-seeded McKendree, tallying strikes on the first four rolls of the match and registering 16 through the opening five frames. But those strikes turned into spares over the final half of the match as McKendree was able to rally back, outlasting the Ladyjacks for a 947-942 victory. Dakotah Hazlewood was the top performer in round one for SFA, bowling a 246 with strikes in seven of the first eight frames, followed by a 221 from Paige Kraushaar as the duo were the only two Ladyjacks to have no open frames.
Hazlewood – 246; Kraushaar – 221; Anderson – 168; Schwartz – 161; Reising – 146
Match Two – SFA 1,012, Fairleigh Dickinson 846
SFA bounced back with a convincing victory over Fairleigh Dickinson, taking down the Knights 1,012-846. Kelsi Anderson paced the way for SFA as after registering an open frame in the first, she registered nine strikes and a pair of spares, finishing with strikes on her final five rolls to register a then-season-best 238. She was joined in the 200-pin club by the Paige duo as Paige Kraushaar notched a 211 with Paige Beeney adding a 210. As a team, SFA tallied 25 strikes in the match, including 13 over the final three frames.
Anderson – 238; Kraushaar – 211; Beeney – 210; Schwartz – 186; Hazlewood – 167
Match Three – SFA 1,082, Nebraska 996
The Ladyjacks put together their most complete match of the day, registering a combined 31 strikes with just three open frames in a 1,082-996 victory over top-ranked Nebraska. SFA was especially strong in frames two through seven, posting strikes in all but eight opportunities, building a comfortable lead on the Cornhuskers and never looking back. One match after posting her season-high Kelsi Anderson remained hot for the Ladyjacks, posting a career-best 249 in the win, with Paige Kraushaar adding a 234 and Stephanie Schwartz registering a 224.
Anderson – 249; Kraushaar – 234; Schwartz – 224; Beeney – 192; Hazlewood – 183
Match Four – Vanderbilt 1,097, SFA 955
SFA built an early lead on fourth-ranked Vanderbilt through the opening four frames, but the Commodores found their striking groove over the second half of the match, racing past the Ladyjacks 1,097-955. SFA tallied 23 strikes in the match but the Commodores tallied 32, including 25 over the final six frames to pull away. Dakotah Hazlewood was the top Ladyjack bowler, registering 211, followed by Stephanie Schwartz's 202 as SFA dropped to 2-2 on the day.
Hazlewood – 211; Schwartz – 202; Beeney – 189; Kraushaar – 181; Anderson – 172
Match Five – SFA 974, Arkansas State 928
In the final match of the opening day of the event, SFA made sure to close out the opening day on a high note, defeating third-ranked Arkansas State 974-928. Another strong start propelled the Ladyjacks to an early lead, registering 13 strikes in the first four frames and finishing with 26 against the Red Wolves with just three open frames. Kelsi Anderson capped a strong showing on day one with a team-best 215, followed by a 209 from Stephanie Schwartz and a 202 from Paige Kraushaar.
Anderson – 215; Schwartz – 209; Kraushaar – 202; Hazlewood – 179; Beeney – 169
Sitting tied for third in the overall standings, SFA gets set for two more qualifying matches Friday morning, facing Sam Houston State (1-4) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-5). The eight-team field will then be re-seeded based on overall W-L record before beginning the double elimination best-of-seven bracket play Friday afternoon.