Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational Begins Friday
Sam Houston State, 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational Champions
NEW ORLEANS (October 20, 2019) – Sam House State reaffirmed itself as the dominant team in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational history by winning its fourth title in the eight years of the tournament’s existence. The Bearkats held off Vanderbilt, the preseason No. 1 team in the nation as well as nine other nationally-ranked programs. Sam Houston also won the title in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
In addition to the Bearkats (preseason No. 5) and No. 1 Vanderbilt, last year’s national runner-up, the field included second-ranked Stephen F. Austin, the reigning national champion, No. 7 Maryland Eastern Shore, No. 8 North Carolina A&T, No. 13 Lincoln Memorial, No. 14 Tulane, No. 17 Louisiana Tech and No. 19 UAB.
“This was a huge opening weekend for us,” said Sam House State head coach Brad Hagen. “This is the first time in program history with have recorded three wins against the No. 1 team in the country in one weekend.”
After a win in the opening match of the day against the top-ranked Commodores, the Bearkats saw Vandy battle back to reach the finals. SHSU quickly found itself in a hole, dropping the first two games of the best-of-seven championship match. The Kats responded. They won the next four game by an average of 32.5 pins to claim the title.
“I was really proud of the way the girls kept their composure after getting down by two games,” Hagen said. “It’s easy to just fold it up at that point, but they came right back and won the next two. At that point I think we were just bowling with a lot of confidence.”
Mary-Kate Kersting, Lincoln Memorial
The tournament’s individual champion was Lincoln Memorial’s Mary-Kate Kersting (pictured left with Sugar Bowl President Monique Morial). Joining Kersting on the all-tournament team were Chloe Skurznski (Maryland-Eastern Shore), Rachel Strogin (UAB), Samantha Johnson (UAB) and Angelique Dalesandro (Vanderbilt).
After the Bearkats and the Commodores, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Louisiana Tech (the event’s defending champ) and North Carolina A&T rounded out the top five. UAB was sixth and Tulane, the tournament host, earned a seventh-place finish in the event.
“We improved every match today,” said Green Wave head coach Hayley Veitch. “It was exciting to see the team dynamic back again and the supporters were really into it as well which definitely helped us boost our confidence. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. After a rocky day yesterday, I didn’t know how they were going to come back, but they did an exceptional job.”
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 93 Hall of Fame players, 50 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 85-year history. The 86th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2020. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.