ALTOONA, Pa. – The Felician University women's bowling team ended a competitive layoff of nearly three months when it participated in the Red Flash Invitational, hosted by Saint Francis (Pa.) University, on Friday through Sunday at Holiday Bowl.
Felician won one match each day, posting a 3-10 dual record in the event. The Golden Falcons placed sixth out of eight teams after dropping a seven-game match to No. 25 nationally-ranked Kutztown University in the final best-of-7 Baker playoff match on Sunday in what amounted to contest for fifth place.
Felician (16-32) was competing for the first time since finishing 8th of 19 schools at the Virginia Union University Invitational back on Nov. 2-4, 2018.
The Golden Falcons' top individual performance at the Red Flash event came from sophomore right-hander Jenn Ingulli (Oakhurst, N.J./Ocean Township). In the line-up as a starter during all five traditional team matches on Saturday, Ingulli felled 914 pins for an average of 182.8. She highlighted her day with a 232 effort in the middle match, an 893-861 Felician loss to LIU Post. Ingulli tied for seventh place out of 54 individuals who started at least one match.
The familiar tournament format called for five 5-game Baker matches on Friday, and five traditional team matches on Saturday. The teams were then seeded into a playoff bracket for three best-of-7 Baker matches on Sunday.
Oddly, Felician's lowest effort on Friday came in its only victory, a 771-705 triumph over Pennsylvania State University-Altoona in Match 2. The Golden Falcons averaged 163.8 per Baker game during Friday's competition.
Saturday saw the Golden Falcons get off to a fast start with an 825-750 win over Pennsylvania State University-Behrend during traditional play. But Felician could not muster another win on the day, closing the day by dropping a 17-pin decision to Kutztown.
The Golden Falcons were seeded sixth in the playoff bracket, which meant another date with Kutztown on Sunday morning. This time, Felician swept its nationally-recognized opponent, four games to none. When Kutztown won its second playoff match and the Golden Falcons were swept, 4-0, by No. 19 Mount St. Mary's University, Felician and the Golden Bears locked up for the fourth time in the tournament. The Golden Falcons raced out to a 3-1 lead, but Kutztown claimed the final three games, including 202-158 in Game 7, to nab fifth place.
Felician combined to average 167.4 in all three formats.
Individually, juniors Kristine Verbeke (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) and Nicole Aumack (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) joined Ingulli in being placed in the the starting lineup for all five traditional matches. Verbeke shot 215 in Match 4 and 852 for the day (170.4 average) to finish 17th. Aumack averaged 168.6 with a high game of 191 and placed 22nd.
The host and No. 9-ranked Red Flash defeated Mount Aloysius College, 4-2, in the championship match to win the tournament. Saint Francis was 11-2 in duals for the weekend, while Mount Aloysius went 10-3.
Felician returns to action this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3, for the Bowling for the KUre events hosted by Kutztown in Douglassville, Pa.