Penguins Post First Five-Win Day in Traditional Play at KU Invitational

Rachel Darrow
Rachel Darrow

The Youngstown State bowling team had its first 5-0 day in program history and posted the third-highest total pinfall of the day at the KU Invitational on Saturday. The tournament is being hosted by Kutztown at Limerick Bowl in Limerick, Pa.

The Penguins went unbeaten in their head-to-head matches on a day for just the second time in program history, and their 4,983 pins were the third-most in the 28-team field. YSU moved up four spots in the team standings and will head into bracket play on Sunday seeded eighth.

The 4,983 pinfall was the highest total in traditional play in school history, and the Penguins also posted their top two single-match totals on Saturday.

"It was a great team effort all around today," YSU head coach Doug Kuberski said. "Overall, our shot quality was better, and we did a solid job as a group navigating the differences pair-to-pair. We also maintained our focus on the process and navigated some difficult matches. Our focus on Sunday is to play our game and enjoy the process."

Individually, Nikki Mendez placed 12th with a five-game total of 1,043. That was the second-highest total in program history and the best of her career. Rachel Darrow was five spots back in 17th with a 1,035, and Emma Dockery finished 19th with a total of 1,024. Emily Dietz finished 37th with a 982, and three different Penguins bowled in the fifth slot. Dockery had the highest individual game of the day with a 254 against St. Francis Brooklyn, and Mendez topped to 230 twice.

Three Penguins rolled in the 200s as the team topped No. 7 Fairleigh Dickinson 979-900 to start the morning, and YSU followed that up with a 928-854 win over No. 23 Duquesne. The Penguins then set a new school record for highest traditional match total in a 1,073-929 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn, and YSU beat No. 16 Sacred Heart 1,063-931 in its second-best total in program history. Youngstown State finished off the unbeaten day with a 940-893 victory over No. 19 Mount St. Mary's.

Youngstown State will begin Sunday's bracket play at 8:25 a.m. against No. 13 Delaware State.