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Spartans place 2nd at Red Flash Invitational

Delilah Bethel

Delilah Bethel

ALTOONA, Pa. – The No. 19 Norfolk State bowling team fell to host Saint Francis (Pa.) in the championship match of the Red Flash Invitational on Sunday, capping a three-day weekend in which NSU finished 10-4 overall.
 
The Spartans ended the tournament in second place, their same standing after the first two days of action. Three of NSU’s four setbacks on the weekend came against the No. 11 Red Flash, with the other loss to No. 18 Kutztown.
 
The Spartans posted a 4-1 record on Friday to begin the tournament and then went 5-1 on Saturday in traditional play. Senior Delilah Bethel played a big part in that, as she finished with the highest average among players from all 12 teams. Bethel tallied a 205.2 average in six games, almost 10 pins per game more than the next closest competitor.
 
NSU won its first two matches of the tournament in Friday in Baker play. The Spartans easily defeated New Jersey City, 892-675, and Mount Aloysius, 859-717. NSU let opportunity slip away in an 838-804 loss to Kutztown, but the Spartans did manage to down Hampton, 942-794, and Penn State Altoona, 918-687, to close out the day.
 
On Saturday, NSU dropped an 873-853 contest to Saint Francis, but Bethel rolled a 232 to lift the Spartans to a 917-895 victory over Franklin Pierce. They then closed out the day with four more wins, beginning with a 936-735 triumph over Chowan.
 
NSU followed with victories over Felician (917-867), Cheyney (923-812) and Pitt-Bradford (968-749).
 
The Spartans were seeded second heading into Sunday’s bracket round, finishing the first two days with a total pinfall of 9,929 to rank just ahead of Kutztown’s 9,914 total. Top-seeded Saint Francis, though, swept NSU in four games to advance to the championship match.
 
NSU bowled a 232 in the seventh and final game to sneak past Franklin Pierce in the next match of the day, 4-3. That gave the Spartans another shot at the host Red Flash. Saint Francis dropped only the middle game of the championship match on the way to a 4-1 victory over NSU.
 
Seniors Courtney Brown and Kelsea Yarbrough and junior Carrie Hickey each bowled in six games on Saturday. Brown posted a 179.5 average, with Yarbrough right behind her at 178.8. Hickey averaged 178.0 in all six games as well.
 
Senior Ashley Buck averaged 184.4 in five games, with fellow senior Courtney Williford also bowling one game on Saturday.
 
NSU will next compete at the Aggie Invitational from Feb. 20-22 in Greensboro, N.C. and hosted by North Carolina A&T.

 

 

Originally Posted By NSUSpartans.com