Sam Houston State Wins Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational
Sam Houston State successfully defended its title at the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational held October 16-18 at the AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner. The Bearkats, ranked No. 6 in the country, defeated No. 2 Arkansas State in the finals, 4-2. No. 1 Nebraska, the defending national champion, finished in third place.
No. 5 Vanderbilt (fourth), No. 3 Stephen F. Austin (fifth), North Carolina A&T (sixth), No. 21 Prairie View A&M (seventh), host and 19th-ranked Tulane (eighth), Jackson State (ninth), Texas Southern (10th), Louisiana Tech (11th), Bethune-Cookman (12th), Florida A&M (13th), No. 25 Alabama State (14th) and Southern (15th) rounded out the field.
Sam Houston State’s Heather Penatzer took home tournament MVP honors, joining fellow teammate Janine Kuwahara on the all-tournament team. Jordan Richard (Arkansas State), Destiny Velez (Prairie View A&M), and Giselle Poss (Vanderbilt) were the other three All-Tournament team recipients.
The tournament opened Friday with 5×4 Baker games. In the Baker format, starting members of the competing teams will successively and, in regular order, bowl one frame on one lane. Once five frames are completed, the team members will remain on the same lane and complete the starting member order again, with frames six through 10 being completed. This pattern of play will continue until all 10 frames of a game are completed. No changes can be made in the order of players after the start of a game, except for substitutes, although once a bowler has been pulled from the game they are not allowed to return until the next game.
The teams then squared off on Saturday with five team games. In the five-person team game, starting members of the competing teams will successively and, in regular order, bowl one frame on one lane. Once completed, the team members shall move to the alternate lane of the competition pair. This pattern of play continues until all 10 frames of a game are complete. The same substitution rules as Baker will apply.
The tournament concluded Sunday with tournament play. The tournament, consisting of Best 4-of-7 Baker matches, determined the champion. The top teams were seeded based on the performance from Friday and Saturday.
The NCAA first sanctioned a women’s bowling championship in 2004. The collegiate bowling season is the winter with the championship played in April, featuring teams from Division I, Division II and Division III all competing in the same bracket. Tulane has sponsored a women’s bowling team since 2011.
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 all of its year-round slate of over 50 events, the organization has generated over $2 billion of economic impact for the city and the state in the last decade alone.