The Youngstown State bowling program will complete the fall portion of its schedule this weekend when it competes at the KAT Klash hosted by Sam Houston State at Emerald Lanes in Houston, Texas.
TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The tournament will start at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Friday with six five-game Baker matches. YSU will compete in five traditional matches on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m., and teams will be bracketed based on combined results from the first two days for best-of-seven Baker matches on Sunday at 9:20 a.m.
TOURNAMENT FIELD: The tournament will features 18 teams, 10 of which are ranked in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Preseason Poll and three more that are receiving votes. Among the ranked teams are No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2 Stephen F. Austin, No. 3 Arkansas State, No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 6 Sam Houston State and No. 7 Central Missouri.
LAST WEEK: Youngstown State finished 12th out of 27 teams last weekend at the FDU NJ Jamboree hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson. The Penguins had the ninth-most pins through the 11 rounds of qualifying matches but lost both of their bracket contests to drop to 12th in the final standings. YSU beat three ranked teams last weekend, knocking off No. 15 Saint Francis (Pa.) and No. 17 Kutztown in Baker matches and No. 6 Sam Houston State in a traditional match.
Freshman Nikki Mendez was YSU's top bowler a week ago during traditional play with a 195.2 average, and three of her five games went over 200. Her game against Lincoln Memorial in the third round was a 235, which is the highest by a Penguin this season. Freshman Rachel Darrow enters this week with the top average on the team at 188.9, and she is one of three bowlers who have competed in all 10 traditional matches. Mendez is averaging 187.7 over her 10 contests, and freshman Alexis Grim is averaging 187.3 in 10 games.
NEXT COMPETITION: After the weekend, Youngstown State will not have another tournament for 11 weeks. The Penguins' next competition will be the KU Invitational in Reading, Pa., and that will be one of five regular-season tournaments for the team in the spring semester.