Bowling Picks Up Two More Wins at Sunshine State Winter Classic

Nikki Mendez
Nikki Mendez

The Youngstown State bowling team earned a pair of head-to-head victories but slid back four spots in the team standings on the second day at the Sunshine State Winter Classic in Orlando, Fla.

The No. 25 Penguins won two of their first three matches of the day but had their lowest two scores of the weekend in the final two matches in losses. Youngstown State will be seeded 10th in Sunday's best-of-seven Baker games bracket.

"We battled all day, and I'm proud of the way we handled ourselves through some struggles," YSU head coach Doug Kuberski said. "Pair-to-pair presented us with some new looks today, and we'll make better adjustments heading into tomorrow. The most important thing is that we continue to grow as a unit. Tomorrow is a new opportunity to grow, and I'm confident we can regroup and get back to playing our game."

YSU topped Prairie View A&M 934-904 to begin the day, and a 967-893 win over No. 22 Monmouth gave the Penguins a 2-1 record. YSU lost 941-881 to No. 2 Vanderbilt in its second match, and the final two matches resulted in a 932-792 loss to No. 18 Maryville and a 914-837 setback to No. 12 Delaware State.

Nikki Mendez was the top individual finisher for the Penguins with a 21st-place score of 972. She began the day with a 235, which was YSU's highest score of the day, and she also rolled a 232. Emma Dockery finished 37th with an 886 as the only other Penguin to start all five matches.

Youngstown State will begin bracket play with a rematch against Prairie View A&M at 8:25 a.m. on Sunday.