Nov. 7, 2011
NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- The UAB bowling team posted its first ever tournament victory over the weekend, using three wins on Sunday to sweep its way through the championship bracket at the Beach Open hosted by Elizabeth City State.
The Blazers downed Bowie State in seven games in Sunday's championship match in the best-of-seven Baker format. That victory came after a four-game sweep of host Elizabeth City State in the quarterfinals and a 4-2 win over St. Peter's in the semifinals as the Blazers avenged two previous losses to the Peacocks.
"It's exciting for our team to get its first win," UAB head coach Michelle Crews said. "So far this season, it seems our girls rise to the occasion in head-to-head match play, which is something that hopefully will bode well for us as we move forward and build on this victory."
In the Baker format, the five bowlers from each team alternate frames, as opposed to the traditional format in which all bowlers bowl their own games and their scores are added together to form a team score.
It was a bounce-back Sunday for UAB, which started the tournament on a high note Friday but tailed off on the tournament's second day.
Friday's opening round featured six Baker matches with the winner determined by the highest four-game pinfall. The Blazers had a bye in the first match and went on to post a 4-1 record on day one.
UAB managed victories over Elizabeth City State (631-612), Virginia State (683-601), Bowie State (704-594) and Virginia Union (665-587) with its only loss coming to St. Peter's (665-587).
The Blazers fell back slightly on Saturday, posting a 2-3 record with another bye in six traditional matches.
UAB's victories came over Chowan (795-773) and Virginia Union (712-642), while the Blazers suffered losses to St. Peter's (867-811), Elizabeth City State (769-713) and Virginia State (745-688).
Marissa Ferreira led UAB with a six-game total of 1,050 in the traditional matches, while Leah Walker managed a total of 1,028. Kristin Montgomery posted a score of 899, and Jamie Cowden finished at 837.
The Blazers didn't let it get that far. They found themselves trailing three games to two in the first best-of-seven contest but rallied for a 147-122 victory in game six and a 163-143 win in game seven to claim the title.
UAB now has three tournaments under its belt in its inaugural season of intercollegiate competition, and the team has improved its finish in all three events. The Blazers are now off until Jan. 13-15 when they will compete in the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark.