Millsboro, Del. (November 17, 2018) – The inaugural season is still young, but the Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team was able to break a couple early program records in its day two showing at the Hawk Invite, hosted by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. A win against #11 nationally-ranked North Carolina A&T marks the highest ranked opponent beaten in program history, while a 1,045 set against #19 LIU Brooklyn marks a new high five-game total for the team.
Rebecca Dodson was the top-finisher on the team, rolling a 967 (193.40 average) series for five games. Ashley Santos (959 series, 191.80 average) and Tamera Stanton (944 series, 188.80 average) also contributed nicely in the starting lineup. Kayla Durbala (587 three-game series, 195.66 average) and Danielle Milo (576 three-game series, 192.0 average) provided a much-needed spark off the bench in matches three, four and five.
Mount St. Mary's: 914
#11 North Carolina A&T: 913
A day after being on the wrong side of a lot of close contests, the Mount was able to squeak out a one-pin victory over #11 nationally-ranked North Carolina A&T. The win marks the highest ranked opponent beat in the program's young history. Santos led the way with a 207 game, including two clutch strikes and a nine count in the tenth frame to seal the historic win.
Mount St. Mary's: 796
#1 Vanderbilt: 869
On a tough transition pair, the Mount was unable to take advantage of a low scoring outing from the defending national champions in a 869-796 defeat to #1Vanderbilt. Santos led the way for the Mount once again with a 181 game.
Mount St. Mary's: 968
Youngstown State: 933
Following a lineup change, the Mount put together a high-scoring win over Youngstown State. Durbala and Milo came up big off the bench, leading the team with games of 213 and 204, respectively. Dodson also contributed nicely with a 202 game. The victory over YSU improves the Mountaineers to 2-0 against the Penguins on the season.
Mount St. Mary's: 928
#4 Sam Houston State: 1,092
The #4 nationally-ranked team in the country played like it against the Mount in a 1,092-928 advantage. The Bearcats threw their best total of the weekend at the Mountaineers, who were unable to keep up with the hot-scoring pace. Stanton and Santos paced the Mount with a 217 and 216 game in the losing effort, respectively.
Mount St. Mary's: 1,045
#19 LIU Brooklyn: 1,078
The Mountaineers would fall victim to playing a hot team at the wrong time once again, as NEC foe #19 LIU Brooklyn tossed its best set of the weekend to drop the Mount to 2-3 on the day. Despite the loss, the 1,045 total for the Mount currently stands as a program record and its best thus far in the inaugural season. Milo led the way with a 229 game. Dodson rolled a 217, while Durbala (211) and Stanton (200) also joined the 200 club.
The Mountaineers season win-loss record now stands at 30-11 following day two of the MDES Hawk Invite. Competition will conclude tomorrow with three best-of-seven baker matches. The Mount will open competition against #24 nationally-ranked Kutztown, whom the Mount is a perfect 3-0 against so far this year. The winner of that match will face the loser of #8 Delaware State and #19 LIU Brooklyn. The Mountaineers enter tomorrow in 14th place with an opportunity to climb as high as 11th in the stacked field.
"Despite our win-loss record only besting yesterday's by one, I can tell you today was a much better outing" said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "The Vanderbilt match aside, I thought our ladies reached a higher level of focus and competitiveness throughout the day. We are starting to realize the next level we have to reach to compete on a consistent basis against high-caliber teams. Tomorrow we will look to take another step in the right direction."