NCAA Bowling

A-State Opens Rochester Regional With 2-0 Win over William Smith

A-State Opens Rochester Regional With 2-0 Win over William Smith

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (4/5/24) – Making its 16th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, the Arkansas State women’s bowling team opened the Rochester Regional with a 2-0 mega-match win over William Smith College.

With the win, A-State meets Merrimack in the regional semifinal at 2 p.m. (CT) on Bowl TV.

After getting off to a slow start, A-State responded with Maggie Thoma and Faith Welch rolling strikes on the back five frames of traditional. Karli VanDuinen paced A-State with a game-high 247 while Welch totaled 209 pins. Saralyne Nassberg downed 196 and Brooklyn Buchanan had 190 pins. Thoma, an injury replacement for Emma Stull in the fourth frame, finished the match with 180 pins. The Red Wolves earned the traditional point 1,022-947.

Needing to secure the 5-game Baker match to secure the victory, A-State got an 18-pin advantage, 189-171, in game one. William Smith grabbed a two-pin lead taking game two 210-190 and the Red Wolves fell behind by 12 with a 235-225 margin in game three. A-State rolled the front five in game four and cruised to a 247-174 margin to hold a 61-pin lead entering the final game. William Smith had a 234-213 advantage in game five, but the Red Wolves earned the victory, 1,064-1,024.

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