Fairfield, Conn. (July 20, 2012)—After competing in 25 qualifying games, Nicole Trudell (Coventry, R.I.) and Jackie Carbonetto (Blauvelt, N.Y.) of the Sacred Heart women's bowling team are seeded eighth and ninth in the 2012 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships presented by Brunswick heading into Friday's match play. The pair of All-Americans battled through highs and lows all week on demanding lane conditions and 95 degree days with no air conditioning to make the final cut.
To-be junior Trudell averaged 196.9 in qualifying. The righty's high-score came in Round 3 when she threw 1050. Carbonetto bowled a 1088 series in Round 5 for her high mark, and averaged 195.2 per game.
"I am very proud of both girls," said Head Coach Becky Kregling. "Their hard work and dedication paid off by advancing to the final 16."
Finishing eighth and ninth had the two SHU bowlers matched up against each other in the first round of the Top 16 double-elimination bracket.
"Leading up to the match may be emotional with the thought you are bowling your teammate," said Kregling. "Luckily, it is double-elimination so both will still be alive after the match, and both still have a chance to make the team."
The pair was slotted to bowl at 8:00 a.m. this morning.
Kregling did offer her returnees some advice upon learning about the match, "In bowling, it is you against the pins, so the match will be just like any other once it starts."
Carbonetto came out strong this morning, throwing 211 in the opening game of the two-game match. The to-be senior led her teammate 211-159 going into the latter half of the match. Despite Trudell taking the second game 159-144, Carbonetto still came out with the win 355-318.
As it stands now, Trudell is one match away from elimination, while Carbonetto is two.
Over 500 girls between the ages of 16 and 20 are competing in Indianapolis in hopes of earning a spot on Junior Team USA. The top two bowlers after four days and 25 qualifying matches automatically were awarded spots on the team. Fellow NEC-bowler Danielle McEwen of Fairleigh Dickinson earned one of the two guaranteed spots. The two bowlers who finish highest in the double-elimination bracket will also be guaranteed spots on Junior Team USA.
Incoming freshman Corinne Maher (Brick, N.J.) also competed in the tournament making it through the first two cuts and into the fifth round of match play. After bowling 939 in Round 5, Maher was in 53rd place preventing her from entering match play.
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