The Youngstown State bowling team will begin the spring portion of its 2017-18 schedule this weekend as it travels to Reading, Pa., for the KU Invitational. The tournament will be hosted by Kutztown at Heister Lanes. YSU's 13 matches during the weekend will be streamed live on the YSUsports YouTube channel.
Tournament Format: The KU Invitational will follow the standard three-day format with five Baker matches on Friday, five traditional matches on Saturday and three bracket matches on Sunday. Friday's action will begin at 10:55 a.m. and will last until approximately 5 p.m. Saturday's competitions will last from 9:25 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday's bracket play will go from 8:25 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Spring Preview: The KU Invitational is the first of five regular-season events that are on Youngstown State's spring slate. While this will be the only event in January, YSU will have competitions hosted by Valparaiso and Morgan State in February. The Penguins will then compete at the Hawk Flight the first weekend of March, and their first opportunity to compete in the postseason will be at the USBC Sectionals on March 9-11. A tournament hosted by Vanderbilt on March 16-18 will be the final regular-season tournament, and the NCAA Championships and USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships are scheduled for April.
Scouting the Field: The field of 28 features 17 teams that were ranked in December's National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. Additionally, the teams ranked No. 2 through No. 10 will all be at the KU Invitational. Youngstown State will bowl No. 10 Fairleigh Dickinson and No. 8 UMES in back-to-back matches in Baker play, and it will bowl No. 6 Delaware State, No. 14 LIU Brooklyn and No. 16 Saint Francis U on Saturday. The other top-10 teams in the field include No.2 McKendree, No. 3 Arkansas State, No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 5 Sam Houston State, No. 7 Stephen F. Austin and No. 9 Tulane.
Next Up: Youngstown State will open its February schedule by bowling at the Crusader Classic in Richton Park, Ill., on Feb. 9-11.
Friday's Baker Match Schedule (Starts at 10:55 a.m.)
- Youngstown State vs. Duquesne
- Youngstown State vs. #10 Fairleigh Dickinson
- Youngstown State vs. #8 UMES
- Youngstown State vs. St. Francis Brooklyn
- Youngstown State vs. Morgan State
Saturday's Team Match Schedule (Starts at 9:25 a.m.)
- Youngstown State vs. #16 Saint Francis U
- Youngstown State vs. Adelphi
- Youngstown State vs. Howard
- Youngstown State vs. #14 LIU Brooklyn
- Youngstown State vs. #6 Delaware State