The Youngstown State bowling team will begin the spring semester and bowl its first tournament under Head Coach Doug Kuberski this weekend at the KU Invitational. The competition will be held at Limerick Bowl in Limerick, Pa., and it will be hosted by Kutztown University. YSU's 13 matches at the event will be streamed live on the YSUsports YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/ysusports) if the wireless in the center permits, and results will be posted on the team's Twitter feed (@YSUBowling).
Tournament Format: The KU Invitational will be a three-day tournament that follows a standard format of five Baker matches on Friday, five traditional team matches on Saturday and bracket play on Sunday. Each team's total pinfall from the first two days will be used for seeding Sunday's best-of-seven Baker matches, which will determine the final standings. The start times will be 10:55 a.m. on Friday, 9:25 a.m. on Saturday and 8:25 a.m. on Sunday.
Scouting the Field: There will be 28 teams at the KU Invitational, and Youngstown State is one of 21 that were ranked or received votes in the December National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. Each team ranked third through 13th is in the field, and the Penguins are one of six teams in the Southland Bowling League competing at Limerick Bowl. Youngstown State was placed in Group C, along with Sam Houston, Wilmington, Arkansas State, UW-Whitewater, Stephen F. Austin and North Carolina A&T. The Penguins are slated to compete on Friday against No. 17 Monmouth, Chestnut Hill, No. 18 LIU Brooklyn, No. 25 Kutztown, and No. 8 UMES, and YSU will take on No. 7 Fairleigh Dickinson, No. 23 Duquesne, St. Francis Brooklyn, No. 16 Sacred Heart and No. 19 Mount St. Mary's on Saturday.
Kuberski Set for Debut: The KU Invitational will be the first tournament for the Penguins with Doug Kuberski as their head coach. Kuberski took the reins of the program in December as the second full-time coach in school history after Clint Daley led the team on an interim basis for the fall semester. Kuberski is from the Pittsburgh, Pa., area and came to YSU after serving as the first head coach of Iowa Western Community College's men's and women's programs. In 2017-18, he was the interim head coach and assistant coach at Arkansas State.
Recapping the Fall: The Penguins posted a 21-26 head-to-head record and earned eight wins over top 25 teams during their four-tournament fall schedule. Among those wins was a 900-822 Baker victory on Nov. 2 over No. 4 Sam Houston, which was the highest-ranked opponent YSU has beaten in program history. The Penguins then broke school records for highest team Baker game, team Baker match, team traditional match, team tournament pinfall and individual tournament pinfall at the Warhawk Classic. YSU received votes in the NTCA Preseason Top 25 Poll as well as the poll released in December. Individually, sophomore Emma Dockery carried the best average on the team at 191.15.
Friday's Baker Match Schedule (Starts at 10:55 a.m. Eastern):
- Youngstown State vs. #17 Monmouth
- Youngstown State vs. Chestnut Hill
- Youngstown State vs. #18 LIU Brooklyn
- Youngstown State vs. #25 Kutztown
- Youngstown State vs. #8 UMES
Saturday's Team Match Schedule (Starts at 9:25 a.m. Eastern):
- Youngstown State vs. #7 Fairleigh Dickinson
- Youngstown State vs. #23 Duquesne
- Youngstown State vs. St. Francis Brooklyn
- Youngstown State vs. #16 Sacred Heart
- Youngstown State vs. #19 Mount St. Mary's
Up Next: The Sunshine State Winter Classic on Feb. 8-10 will be the Penguins' only tournament over the next five weeks. YSU will then bowl in at least three tournaments in March, including the SBL Championships on March 22-24 in Dallas.