Dover, Del. (Mar. 14. 2017) --- Delaware State freshman Alexis Neuer has bowled her way to a shot at a national singles championship. Neuer was third among 196 competitors at the 2017 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Singles Sectional in Addison, Ill., last weekend. The top nine advance to the national singles championship Apr. 18-22 in Baton Rouge, La. They will be joined by the nine qualifiers in three other sectional tournaments held last weekend.

Neuer had a total pinfall of 1262 in six games for an average of 210.2. She topped the 200 mark in four games, including a high of 239.

A native of Lewisburg, Pa., Neuer was three pins shy of finishing second and 23 from first place in the sectional tournament.

She was named to the Monmouth Hawk Flight All-Tournament Team earlier this month. Her performance last weekend raised her average to 197.6 for the season.

As a team, Delaware State just missed out on a chance to compete in the 2017 USBC National Intercollegiate Team Championships next month.

The Hornets were fifth in the 17-team Addison, Ill., sectional. The top four teams advance to nationals.

Delaware State was second after the opening round of with a total pinfall of 3172. The Hornets dropped to third place after the second round (6230) and were fifth following the third day of competition (9119).

DSU could not climb out of the fifth spot on the final day and came up 136 pins short of the top four at tournament’s end.

"Sunday was the toughest day of our season,” said Delaware State first-year head coach Kayla Stamm. “We made some good shots, but we also made bad one and missed too many spares. It's heartbreaking to finish one spot away from qualifying for the nationals, but we're going to learn from this experience, regroup, and finish our season strong in Tennessee and at MEAC Championships."

The Hornets will compete in the highly competitive Music City Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt University, this weekend.

The 2017 MEAC Championship is set for Mar. 24-26 in Chesapeake, Va. Delaware State is the reigning MEAC champion after capturing the third conference title in team history last year.     

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