The Sacred Heart Women's Bowling team bounced back this weekend, going 9-2 at Brunswick Perry Hall at Morgan State upping their season record to 50-30. The Pioneers finished fifth in the tournament behind Central Missouri, UMES, Nebraska and Arkansas State. Chevi Panzanella (Brewster, N.Y.) led the team averaging 199.4 while converting 90% of her spares helping the team win huge matches over No. 1 University of Central Missouri and perennial power house University of Nebraska.
"This weekend was the opposite of our conference performance," said Head Coach Becky Kregling. "Except for two sloppy matches, the team performed at a level which would put us towards the top of teams in the country."
The Pioneers opened with a 797-747 loss to Arkansas State. The match was close, but six missed spares helped Arkansas State keep SHU at bay. Panzanella led the team and was the only Pioneer with all clean frames for the match.
Sacred Heart rebounded from the opening loss with three consecutive wins over Livingstone (800-402), Nebraska Lincoln (854-798) and Cheyney (716-666). The win over Nebraska Lincoln was a total team win with Nicole Trudell (Coventry, R.I.) having eight marks and Panzanella coming up big with the last four strikes, but the highest score was from senior Jackie Carbonetto (Blauvelt, N.Y.).
SHU closed out the day with the 701-698 loss to Fayetteville State to make them 3-2 at the end of Day 1 and put them in sixth place in pinfall. Panzanella led the team averaging 20.28 per frame and only missing one of 19 spares.
SHU opened the day with two wins before having a bye in Round 8 due to an uneven number of teams. They started their day taking down No. 1 University of Central Missouri 987-976. The Pioneers were 0-3 against the Jennies this season going into the match. Jacqueline Willy (Clarence, N.Y.) led Sacred Heart in the win shooting 211 in the team match. Panzanella was right behind her shooting 208. The followed that with another win over North Carolina A&T, 949-854.
After sitting out the Round 8 bye game, Trudell reentered the line up for Round 9 to lead the Pioneers to the 917-901 win over Norfolk State shooting a clean 194. Panzanella and Carbonetto struck out in the tenth to lock up the close win.
Sacred Heart rounded out the day with the 939-612 win over Coppin State.
"Day three showed how good out team can be when everyone is making good shots," said Kregling of her team who collected two wins on the final day of competition in best of seven baker match format. Five of the six bowlers who bowled had only one or two opens for the day. Panzanella and Trudell each had just one errant frame out of 22 bowled. Trudell led the day averaging 22.0 with Panzanella right behind her averaging 21.55.
In the first match of the day, Sacred Heart swept Saint Francis U 4-0 (226-159, 203-170, 205-197, 197-144). Trudell and Carbonetto both hit eight out of eight marks.
The Pioneers closed the tournament with a dramatic 4-3 win over Norfolk State. Sacred Heart took the first two matches (214-191 and 209-202), while Norfolk State won the next three (218-193, 184-170 and 188-178). SHU topped the Spartans 212-197 in the sixth match, pushing the match to seven games. The Pioneers dominated in the seventh game, defeating Norfolk State 243-173. Panzanella ended her best weekend of her collegiate career filling all 14 frames and leading in scoring.