Bearkats go 2-5 on Day 1 of NCAA Championship


WICKLIFFE, Ohio -- The Bearkats had an up and down start to the 2014 NCAA Bowling Championships on Thursday, finishing the day with a record of 2-5 and will be the 8th seed for Friday’s double-elimination bracket play.

The Kats finished the day on a high note, closing out day one with their best score, beating Wisconsin-Whitewater 1087-974.

Cardona got the Kats going early, rolling strikes on her first five frames. She finished with the high game of the day for SHSU with a 238. Right behind her was Groce who got it going late, finishing with a 237 after a stretch of four straight strikes from the fifth through eighth frames.

“The positive momentum off the last set was important,” head coach Brad Hagen said. “We got the shots we wanted to get in and that is what we needed moving into tomorrow. Everyone did their part at one point or anther and the goal is to put it all together tomorrow which is what we have been practicing for.”

The 2-5 mark tied the Kats for 6th overall, but they will be the 8th seed on Friday based on head-to-head losses to Central Missouri and Nebraska.

The top scorer for the Bearkats was Anna Groce who finished the day with an average of 204. She finished the day ranked 10th overall.

“Anna did her job today. The biggest thing for her was controlling her emotions,” Hagen said. “It was a huge positive for her and for the team moving forward tomorrow.”

Erin Brown was 15th overall with a seven-game average of 200

The Kats will play the No. 1 seed Maryland Eastern Shore in the first match on Friday afternoon. It will be a best-of-seven format for each match.

“Match play is all about staying in the moment and filling 10 pins,” Hagen said. “We have to survive the morning and we will treat tomorrow like out normal Sunday and come out swinging.”

The matches will get started at 10:40 a.m.

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