Vanderbilt Bowling Upends McKendree for 2018 NCAA Championship

first_imgSamantha Gainor opened the decisive game with an awkward 1-2-7-8-10 split. With the risk of falling in an early hole, the freshman delivered, closing the frame with an expertly-placed ball. Quah struck in the second frame while McKendree spared to give the Commodores an early advantage, and a precarious Brooklyn strike from Emily Rigney kept Vandy in the driver’s seat. Helped along by four consecutive strikes and a 2-4-7-10 split pickup from Rigney in the eighth, the Commodores slammed the door in the 10th after McKendree failed to strike on their first ball. A 220-191 win sealed the 4-3 victory and Vanderbilt’s second national championship. Kristin Quah Lynne Fishler It is Vanderbilt’s second national title in program history, the last one coming in 2007. Morning Session 203 No. 2 McKendree vs. No. 4 VanderbiltThe best-of-seven baker series to decide the national championship did not disappoint. In game one, the teams got off to slow starts, with McKendree and Vanderbilt both leaving the third frames open. As Bulanova struck the fifth frame, the Bearcats left it open, setting up a strong Commodore second half and a 224-204 win. Vanderbilt went into game two with a 1-0 lead. W 224-204 215 Maria Bulanova Tournament Homepage | Live Stream Replays | Press ConferencesST. LOUIS, Mo. – The clash of perennial powerhouses in Saturday’s 2018 National Collegiate Bowling Championship final did not disappoint, as McKendree and Vanderbilt needed all seven games to decide the title. W 220-191 Traditional Scores 133 It was a slugfest down the stretch as Vandy took a 392-289 lead after five frames, with the Bearkats taking it back 574-559 after seven. While the Commodores held the lead for the rest of the traditional match, it was only a five-pin contest as the final two bowlers stepped up. 202 Samantha Gainor Both teams combined for six opens in the first two frames while the Commodores did not put a strike on the board until the end of the second. Sam Houston started to find its footing first, holding a narrow 126-119 lead with two frames gone, building it to 226-196 after three. VANDERBILT – Baker Best-of-Seven: W 4-3 (WLLWLWW) No. 4 Vanderbilt vs. No. 5 Sam Houston StateIn the morning rematch of Southland foes for a spot in the title game, Vanderbilt shook off an ugly start to sweep the Bearkats 2-0. W 208-205 202 184 165 161 Game five swung heavily in favor of McKendree. After another open frame from Bulanova in fifth, the Bearcats went off for four straight strikes. Too big of a hole for the Commodores, McKendree took a comfortable 255-203 for a 3-2 match lead. Emily Rigney 190 225 Staring down a 3-2 match deficit and facing elimination after a 52-point loss in game five, Vanderbilt recovered and edged the Bearcats by three points to force a decisive game seven. On the heels of four straight strikes between the second and fifth frames, the Commodores built a lead that they would not relinquish, outlasting the defending national champions for a 4-3 victory. Katie Stark Syasya Ismail 154 158 Team Baker Scorescenter_img L 174-233 Game three saw the sides exchange blows down to the final frame, but Bulanova left a 4-8-10 split on her first 10th-frame roll. Faced with no choice but to go for the conversion, her aggression did not pay off and she managed only one, leaving the game open for a 193-182 Bearcat win and a 2-1 deficit. Madysen Keller 165 Maria Bulanova Amber MacLeod Jordan Newham Vanderbilt opened game four with a spare then three straight strikes and were up 19 after five but were working off just a spare while McKendree had a strike on the board in the fifth. The Bearcats struck in the sixth while Vandy again only spared. It would appear the game swung in McKendree’s favor when both sides left nasty splits in the seventh frame but only the Bearcats converted. However, Vanderbilt responded with five straight strikes to close the game for a 233-204 win to knot the series 2-2. 179 L 203-255 185 Facing elimination, it seemed early on in game six that Vanderbilt would succumb to a problem which plagued the in their earlier series losses – inability to match McKendree’s strike runs. After opening with four straight spares, this time Bulanova responded in the fifth with a strike while the Bearcats spared. Vanderbilt struck the seventh and eighth frames while McKendree spared both. Katie Stark spared the ninth while the Bearcats struck again – Vandy would go into the 10th up one but again working off a spare while McKendree had an X on the board. With back-to-back Bulanova strikes and the Bearcats leaving four on the floor after the first throw, the Commodores forced game seven with a narrow 208-205 win (series tied 3-3). 179 Team Baker Scores Lineup Team Baker Scores 164 Traditional Scores Championship VANDERBILT – Traditional: W 871-862 | Baker: W 1,032-853 SAM HOUSTON STATE – Traditional: L 862-871 | Baker: L 853-1,032 Emily Rigney The Commodores came out on top, in emphatic fashion. 225 Maria Bulanova held her composure for Vanderbilt, striking on her opening throw while Stephanie Zavala came in below the pocket for an ugly 4-7-8-10 split. This shut the door for the Commodores, who came out on top 871-826 for a 1-0 lead. 178 After both sides opened with nine-spares and two strikes, Vanderbilt’s Katie Stark lost her footing on the approach, slipping on the foul line and recovering with only nine on her next shot. The Commodores would still manage to hold a narrow lead after an open fifth frame from McKendree. However, the Bearcats rattled off three strikes from six to eight, and Vanderbilt could not respond in kind. The defending champs tied the series 1-1 with a 233-174 victory. L 193-182 Katie Stark W 233-203 Vanderbilt kept its foot on the gas in the baker total pinfall segment, winning four straight to build an insurmountable 216 pin lead heading into the final game and ultimately winning 1,032-853 for the sweep and a spot in the championship match. 154 Stephanie Zavala Kristin Quahlast_img