Bowlers 11th, Keller 22nd, At Hawk Flight Invite

Female right-handed bowler.
Kristen Keller finished 22nd of 110 individuals at the 2018 Hawk Flight Invite. (Steven R. Smith)

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. – After starting off with a 3-1 dual match record on Friday, the Felician University women's bowling team went 6-6 and placed 11th out of 17 teams at the Hawk Flight Invite for Crohn's and Colitis Awareness, hosted by Monmouth University on Friday through Sunday at King Pin Lanes.

The Golden Falcons went 1-4 against nationally-ranked opponents, including 0-3 versus teams ranked in the National Tenpin Coaches Association top ten.

The tournament followed what has become a relatively standard format. Teams participated in five 5-game Baker matches on Friday, and then returned for five traditional team matches on Saturday. Participants were then grouped in order of total pinfall and arranged into a playoff bracket for Sunday's three best-of-7 Baker matches.

On Saturday, senior right-hander Kristen Keller (Reading, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) was the only Golden Falcon to start all five traditional matches. She shot 881, including a 204 in a victory over Kutztown University, and placed 22nd out of 110 invidiuals to start at least one match. She averaged 176.2 for the day.

After entering Match 3 as a late substitution on Saturday, senior Jessica Zalewski (Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat) returned to the starting line-up for the final two matches and shot 208 and 219, Felician's two highest games of the day. Her 772 for four games (193.0 average) placed her 42nd among individuals.

Felician drew a bye in its second five-game Baker match on Friday, but was 3-0 otherwise heading into its final match of the day, against No. 5-ranked Sam Houston State University. But the Bearkats shot 232 in the second game to pull away for an eventual 900-800 victory. The Golden Falcons averaged 172.2 per Baker game on Friday, including a 233 while facing the bye with Zalewski in the anchor position.

Felician slipped to 2-3 in Saturday's traditional play, and fell from ninth place at the start of the day to 10th at its conclusion. After beginning with the win over Kutztown, the Golden Falcons' only other victory on Saturday came during Match 4 against Roberts Wesleyan College, 838-770. The losses were to No. 4 Vanderbilt University, No. 21 Norfolk State University, and No. 6 Delaware State University.

Felician failed to get back on track early on Sunday morning, falling in five games to Youngstown State University and in six to Kutztown during the playoff bracket. The Golden Falcons' final match of the tournament, against Norfolk State, went to a seventh game, which Felician won, 179-133, to climb back to 11th place in the final team results.

Vanderbilt topped Delaware State, four games to one, in the championship match to earn the tournament title. The Commodores went 12-0 on the weekend.

The Golden Falcons (45-45) conclude their regular season with a trip to Smyrna, Tenn., for the Music City Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt, on Mar. 16-18.