LAUREL, Md. – Norfolk State’s only losses on the weekend came at the hands of No. 2 Kutztown, and the Spartan bowling team finished second at the Fred Underwood Classic hosted by Bowie State at the AMF Lanes Laurel.
No. 19 NSU began the tournament with a 3-1 record on Friday in Baker play, followed by a 4-1 mark on Saturday in traditional play. Following those first two days of play, NSU ranked behind FDU, which had the highest pinfall (9,972) and best record (9-0) heading into Sunday’s action.
There, Fairleigh Dickinson defeated NSU twice to finish undefeated and win the tournament title.
At 7-2 heading into Sunday, NSU was two games ahead of the next best teams, and its 9,424 pinfall was almost 9,000 pins more than the next closest squad.
Junior Carrie Hickey finished with the third-highest average at the tournament at 202.4 in all five games on Friday. She was joined by senior Delilah Bethel, who ranked right behind her with a 201.2 average in five games as well.
Senior Courtney Williford posted a 186.7 average in three games, and fellow senior Courtney Brown tallied a 182.3 average in four games. Senior Kelsea Yarbrough finished with a 177.4 average in five games, and senior Ashley Buck also bowled three games on Friday.
The Spartans opened up the tournament by playing five Baker games against each of its four opponents on Friday, with NSU coming out ahead against Hampton, 921-760, and Virginia State, 920-869. After an open game, the Spartans fell to FDU, 970-950, before closing out the day with a 995-850 win over Bowie State.
The Spartans took on FDU in the first match on Saturday, ultimately falling 1,009-940 to the Knights. NSU rebounded to win its next four, beginning with a 977-722 victory over Coppin State. Backed by games of 236 and 235 from Hickey and Bethel, the Spartans then triumphed over Howard, 926-865.
They also pulled out a narrow 942-937 win over Morgan State and closed the day with another resounding win, 890-654 over Virginia Union.
Seeded second heading into Sunday’s bracket round, the Spartans dropped a 4-1 decision to FDU, giving the Knights a bye to the championship match. NSU and Bowie State went back and forth before the Spartans won the seventh game, 218-155, for the 4-3 match win. Facing the Knights one last time, NSU tied things up at 2-2 before FDU won the last two games for a 4-2 victory.
A total of nine teams competed at the tournament.
NSU will compete next weekend in the always-challenging Kutztown Invitational from Friday through Sunday in Reading, Pa.