Penguins Rally to Win Mount Shootout for Second Straight Tournament Title

YSU Bowling
YSU Bowling

The Youngstown State bowling team rallied from 3-1 deficit against Duquesne in the championship match to capture its second tournament title in as many weeks on Sunday at the Mount Shootout.

The Penguins secured the top seed in bracket play with two solid efforts in Baker play on Sunday morning, and they topped Wilmington in five games in the best-of-seven format to advance to the title match. Youngstown State found itself down 3-1 to the Dukes but strung together 216-173 and 203-177 wins to extend the match for a dramatic seventh game.

In game seven, Youngstown State left two splits in the first six frames but stayed close enough for a late push. Rachel Darrow spared in the seventh to start the surge, and Sarah Florence followed with another eight-count spare in the eighth. Duquesne missed a 10 pin for its first open frame in its eighth to open the door, and Emma Dockery immediately struck to give the Penguins a huge momentum swing. Tournament MVP Emma Wrenn followed with all three strikes in the 10th give the Penguins a 199 and lock out the Dukes, who ended up opening on two of their last three frames to finish with a 173.

"I'm proud of how strong mentally we were throughout the weekend," Penguins head coach Doug Kuberski said. "All eight ladies played a big role in our success. It was a total team effort all around to navigate the ups and down over the weekend, and we grew stronger together."

Youngstown State posted totals of 945 and 991 in standard Baker play in wins over Morgan State and Coppin State to start the day. The two wins in bracket play gave the Penguins an 8-1 head-to-head record for the weekend.

Youngstown State will be idle the final weekend of October, and they'll begin a busy November at the Track Kat Klash on Nov. 1.