The Youngstown State bowling team went 2-1 in bracket play and finished the KU Invitational in seventh place among a field loaded with NTCA Top 25 teams. The tournament was held at Limerick Bowl in Limerick, Pa.
The Penguins began the day seeded eighth, and their two wins moved them up to seventh. YSU finished ahead of three teams ranked in the top 10 and ahead 14 teams in the top 25.
"We grew as a team each day, and it prepared us for some very challenging matches today," YSU head coach Doug Kuberski said. "I'm proud of the way we bounced back after facing adversity throughout the weekend and how we maintained our focus on playing our game. We look forward to three solid weeks of practice before heading to Orlando. It's a solid start to our semester, and we are hungry."
In their first match of the day, the Penguins swept No. 13 Delaware State in four games for their sixth straight head-to-head win dating back to Saturday. YSU had a 12-pin win in the first game and a 13-pin victory in the third, and YSU finished the win with a 243, its highest score of the day.
The Penguins lost their second match to No. 3 Vanderbilt 4-1, and one of the losses was by five pins. YSU finished the tournament by outlasting No. 5 Sam Houston State in seven games. The Penguins led the Bearkats 3-0, dropped their next three and took the seventh game 186-152.
Junior Nikki Mendez earned all-tournament team honors for her 12th-place individual finish on Saturday.
Youngstown State's next tournament will be at the Sunshine State Winter Classic in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 8-10.