Sam Houston State Snags Sugar Bowl Bowling Title for Third Time

KENNER, La. (October 22) – Sam Houston State held off a hard-charging Tulane Green Wave to capture its third title at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational on Sunday at AMF All Star Lanes. The defending champion Green Wave defeated No. 19 UAB and No. 6 Stephen F. Austin before the Bearkats, ranked No. 5 in the country prevailed in the championship match.

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Sam Houston State (right) also earned the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational title in 2014 and 2015. Stephen F. Austin’s Stephanie Schwartz (245.60 average) was named tournament MVP. Taylor Russell of UAB (234.40), and Stephanie Zavala (231.20) and Madysen Keller (219.20) of Sam Houston State joined Tulane freshman Madison McCall on the All-Tournament Team.

Final Standings
1.  No. 5 Sam Houston State
2.  No. 17 Tulane
3.  No. 6 Stephen F. Austin
4.  Louisiana Tech
5.  No. 19 UAB
6.  No. 20 Prairie View A&M
7.  Valparaiso
8.  Lincoln Memorial
9.  No. 25 Duquesne
10.  Florida A&M
11.  Jackson State
12.  Texas Southern
13.  Southern
14.  Alabama A&M

Top Individuals
1. Stephanie Schwartz (Stephen F. Austin): 245.6 average
2. Taylor Russell (UAB): 234.4
3. Stephanie Zavala (Sam Houston State): 231.2
4. Madysen Keller (Sam Houston State): 219.2
5. Madison McCall (Tulane): 217.4
6. Taryn Gray (Sam Houston State): 216.6
7. Sarah Gill (Stephen F. Austin): 216.2
8. Christine Hansen (Lincoln Memorial): 215.0
9. Rachel Strogin (UAB): 213.0
10. Hayley Connelly (Sam Houston State): 212.8

The Green Wave reached the championship match of the tournament for the second straight year, but was unable to repeat its 2016 championship. In bracket play on Sunday, Tulane defeated UAB in a tiebreak game after splitting the match, 3.5-3.5, then topped Stephen F. Austin, 4-2, to reach the championship match.

Tulane totaled 3,873 pins Sunday in Baker match bracket play to finish with 14,253 pins for the tournament and a 206.6 average.

The mission of the Allstate Sugar Bowl is to sponsor and promote amateur sporting events which will foster revenue and spark economic growth in the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. Through its year-round slate of nearly 60 events, the organization has generated over $2.5 billion of economic impact for the city and the state in the last decade alone.