Reading, Penn. (January 28, 2013)—The Sacred Heart Women's Bowling Team took third at the Kutztown Invitational held at Heister's Lanes this past weekend. After a slow start on Friday, junior Nicole Trudell led the team and finished near the top of the 189 individuals at the tournament, which was comprised of 15 of the nation's top 20 teams. Trudell struck 46% of the time providing many crucial clutch shots including a 249 game with eight of 11 strikes to help propel the team over Vanderbilt University earning her a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Rookie Corinne Maher led the team tossing seven out of eight strikes to start the tournament with a 788-743 win over Norfolk State University. Another freshman, Kate Wilson, joined the lineup in the second match to lead scoring along with Maher, but the team fell to University of Wisconsin Whitewater.
Maher was moved to the fourth position in the third match to line her strikes up with Jackie Carbonetto (Blauvelt, N.Y.). The duo combined a double to ensure an 830-794 victory over Delaware State.
The team saved their highest score for the last match of the day. Higgins led the team to an 850-707 victory over Bethune Cookman University.
After the first day, the team was fourth in standings out of the 28-team field. Maher led stats averaging 217.5 per game followed by Carbonetto at 211.4 and 199.4 by Nicole Higgins.
On day two, Carbonetto's 229 combined with 224 by Nicole Trudell to lead the team to a 965-788 win over Morgan State University to start the day. The pair continued their spectacular play to make the lanes look easy against Vanderbilt University. Trudell fired 8 of 11 strikes for a 249 game while Carbonetto threw 228. The result was a convincing 1007-889 victory over the perennial powerhouse.
The team suffered its lowest scoring match of the weekend in the third match of the day, but Carbonetto doubled in the tenth once again to take home the win 861-843 over Florida A&M University.
Match 5 was against the team which eliminated SHU from the 2012 National Championships bracket – Valparaiso University. Three pioneers topped the 200 mark for a 990-960 win.
The team was undefeated going into the last match of the day. Mediocre play led to a close match in which the team ended up losing despite Maher's 227 effort.
After 12 matches over two days of qualifying, the team found themselves fifth out of the 28-team field. That placed them against No. 6 seed St. Francis University in the first round Sunday morning. Trudell led the team averaging 209 for the six matches followed by Carbonetto with 204. This placed them 5th and 11th in individual team game standings.
The team played well the first match against St. Francis U. There were only two open frames out of 40. As fourth in the line-up, Trudell struck six of eight times providing the perfect set-up for the anchor to be in a position to win. The best of seven match ended 4-0 (231-193W, 221-168W, 197-184W, 206-180W).
This moved the team up to play No. 3 seeded University of Whitewater Wisconson. It took a team effort with Trudell leading again with eight of 10 strikes to easily take down the Warhawks 4-1 (222-212W, 179-201L, 251-199W, 212-189W, 236-221W).
The final match of the day was the roll-off for third and fourth place. It was the beginning of the line-up which provided the momentum each game with Chevi Panzanella and Jackie Willy putting together two strikes in six of the 12 opportunities. Carbonetto struck out in the tenth of game one for a 192-192 tie.
The pioneers took game two 191-169. Game two resulted in a 202 tie then the Pioneers played near flawlessly missing the pocket once the next two games to end the match with 217-168 and 237-206. This match was a rarity in the ten-year history of NCAA women's championship bowling. The best of seven match was won with a team only winning 3 games since the two ties count as half a win.
Trudell, Carbonetto and Maher all averaged over 200 per game for the weekend. The third place finish was the best performance by the team this season. Their 12-3 record was second for the weekend to UMES's 14-1 in the largest and strongest tournament field of the season. Fifteen out of the top 20 teams in the county including 12th ranked SHU competed.
"This weekend was a total team effort," said Head Coach Becky Kregling. "At the beginning of the season, most felt our starting line-ups would consist of returning players and we would carry on our successful season last year. After some disappointing days first semester, and lots of hard work by the freshman and upper classman, the team has finally come together. All nine on the roster who played this weekend were part of winning a match. We hope to continue this at next weekend's conference meet."