Bowling Concludes Kat Klash Tournament

Sophomore Marisa DiPonio led the team individually and helped clinch the win over Texas Southern.

Feb. 17, 2014

HOUSTON, Texas - The UAB bowling team completed a successful weekend at the Track Kat Klash with an 8-9 record over three days. The Blazers earned two wins over top-15 ranked teams.

"The girls bowled really great on Saturday," said head coach Michelle Crews. "They fought hard all weekend. This was probably the most consistent weekend they have had and possibly the best weekend we have had in the history of our bowling program."

UAB started the weekend off with two wins on Friday, including a 739-731 win over No. 7 Sam Houston State. The group of freshman Bailey James, junior Qituwrah King, freshman Lauren Douglas, junior Ali Long and junior Leah Walker combined for the win and posted a match-high 222 in the third game.

Also highlighting the first day was junior Marissa Ferreira, who converted the 7-10 split against Alabama State. It ranks as one of the toughest splits to convert in the bowling community.

On Saturday, the Blazers bounced back with a solid day of bowling to finish 4-2. The team earned wins over Southern, No. 14 Valpariaso, Prairie View A&M and a three-pin win over Louisiana Tech.

It also served as the individual competition, in which sophomore Marisa DiPonio led UAB with an average of 198.67 and total pinfall of 1,192 to finish 22nd. Long and Walker also finished in the top 40 for the Blazers, who took 13th out of 19 on the second day.



Sunday proved to be one of the toughest slates UAB has faced this season. The team opened the day with losses No. 1 Arkansas State and No. 2 Nebraska, but rebounded to win the last three matches of the day.

The Blazers posted their high baker set for the tournament with a 779 in the win over Jackson State. In the last of the four-game baker set, coach Crews changed up the lineup to put Long in the second position and the hot DiPonio in the final slot.

Long converted the 2-4-10 split and Walker completed the 1-2-4-10 washout to set up DiPonio. DiPonio converted the 3-10 baby split and stuck her fill ball to seal the win by three pins over Texas Southern, 661-658. UAB finished 13th out of the 19 teams on the final day as well.

UAB will continue play this weekend with the 2014 Aggie Masters from Saturday, Feb. 22 through Monday, Feb. 24.