BUD WHITMAN MEMORIAL
Hosted by Kutztown University
Saturday, October 13 – Sunday, October 14
Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania | Berks Lanes
Both days will be streamed live from the Mount Bowling Facebook account.
Saturday (5 baker matches) - Opponents: Robert Wesleyan, Coppin State, Kutztown, Adelphi, Youngstown State
Sunday (5 traditional matches) - Opponents: Daemen, Bloomfield, Penn State Behrend, LIU Brooklyn, Medaille
SETTING THE SCENE
The Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team heads to the Bud Whitman Memorial this weekend for the program's first-ever tournament as the Mount begins its inaugural season. Saturday and Sunday will be treated as separate tournaments, with five baker matches on Saturday, and five traditional matches on Sunday. The field consists of 21 teams, including five from the Northeast Conference (Mount St. Mary's, Duquesne, LIU Brooklyn, St. Francis Brooklyn, and Saint Francis U), and six nationally-ranked teams (#8 Delaware State, #13 Saint Francis U, #15 Adelphi, #19 LIU Brooklyn, #20 Duquesne, and #24 Kutztown).
"We are not entering this tournament with any objective goals. Our only goal is to come in and leave it all out there," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "If we do that, we will live with the results, whether that be a top-five or bottom-five finish. This tournament will be a humbling weekend in terms of where we currently stand competitively and what we need to improve on. There will only ever be one first tournament in our program's history, and I cannot think of a better group of young ladies to do that with."
The Mount's inaugural team is comprised of nine freshmen from eight different states. Erin Burkart (Marrero, La.), Haley Buser (Birdsboro, Pa.), Rebecca Dodson (Panama City, Fla.), Kayla Durbala (Gaithersburg, Md.), Barbara Hawes (Flint, Mich.), Emily Mele (Wall, N.J.), Danielle Milo (Orchard Park, N.Y.), Ashley Santos (Fresno, Calif.) and Tamera Stanton (Baltimore, Md.) make up the Mount's first-year squad.
AT THE HELM
DeGraaf was announced as the head coach to lead the first-ever Mount women's bowling team in February of this year. He came the Mount following a stint as the assistant women's bowling coach at fellow Northeast Conference member Saint Francis U, where he helped lead SFU to a 75-47 overall record in 2016-17 as the Red Flash reached the national rankings.
During his collegiate bowling days, DeGraaf was a two-time team captain at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. DeGraaf earned Siena Heights Male Bowler of the Year honors and captured two individual titles during his career, as he became the first male bowler in school history to place first individually. DeGraaf also earned Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and National Ten-Pin Coaches Association Academic All-American honors each year from 2013-16.
The Mountaineers will host the team's first-ever home tournament, The Mount Shootout, on October 20 and 21 at Sunshine Lanes in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.