Dover, Del. (Feb. 13, 2017) --- The Delaware State bowling team was in the middle of the pack in the highly competitive Stephen F. Austin Stormin' Lumberjack Invitational in Houston, Tex., this past weekend.
The Hornets were 11th out 23 teams, including 17 nationally-ranked squads, in the three-day tourney.
Delaware State posted a 6-6 tournament record, 5-2 in Baker matches and 1-4 in regular team games.
The Hornets, ranked eighth in the latest national poll, started well in the tournament, winning three of four Baker matches on Friday’s opening day. DSU defeated Louisiana Tech (1001-953), Southern (917-788) and Jackson State (996-744) in first round contests. Delaware State’s only opening day loss was to No. 5 Vanderbilt (916-959).
The Hornets struggled in regular team play on Saturday, dropping three of four contests, although their lone victory was against No. 2 Arkansas State (962-930).
DSU won two of two matches on Sunday to close out the tournament, posting victories over No. 21 Alabama Birmingham (1350-1269) and Youngstown State (859-667), while falling to No. 19 Prairie View (930-946).
Elizabeth Burkholder was Delaware State’s top individual performer with a total pinfall of 971 in five games (194.2 avg.) to finish 39th among the field of 154. Burkholder topped the 200 mark in three games.
Alexis Neuer was second on the Hornets and 45th in the field with a total pinfall of 952 (190.4 avg.). Neuer had DSU’s top single game of the tournament with a score of 223 in the Texas Southern match.
Delaware State (47-19 overall) returns to action the weekend of Feb. 25-26 in the final MEAC North competition of the season in Washington, D.C.
DSU, the reigning MEAC champs, lead the Northern Division with a 14-2 record this season.