KANSAS CITY, Missouri (WKBN) – The YSU Women’s Bowling team fell to Arkansas State Friday night in the NCAA Semifinals.
The loss ends the Penguins’ magical run with a fourth place finish in the NCAA Tournament.
After securing a Regional Championship and a Final Four berth on Thursday, the Penguins dropped both of their matches on Friday at AMF Pro Bowl Lanes in North Kansas City, Mo. YSU lost 2-0 to top-seeded McKendree and battled Arkansas State into game six of match play before being eliminated with a 2-1 loss.
“We were so locked in and focused on playing our game that it’ll take some time for it all to sink in and to find the proper words,” YSU head coach Doug Kuberski said. “I will say this: we believe in ourselves and each other, and our success this week will fuel us to keep growing and elevating even more. I’m so proud of our ladies for how well they bowled and for who they are not only as bowlers, but also as people. How they compete and how they handle themselves continue to inspire me.
“I want to give special kudos to Emma Wasielewski and Alexis Sullivan, who are both graduating and moving on to graduate school. We appreciate all they have done to help build our program. And I also want to give special thanks to our entire athletic department, university and Youngstown community, and all our friends and family. Your support continues to fuel us.”
Arkansas State will play McKendree Saturday at 9 a.m. with the winner to play for National Championship.
YSU advanced to the Final Four by rallying past Sam Houston to win Region 4 of the National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship on Thursday.
The Penguins were competing at the national tournament for the first time in just the fifth year of the young program’s history.