Making their 12th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the Central Missouri Jennies bowling team went 1-4 in qualifying round matches on the opening day of competition at Tropicana Lanes. The Jennies are currently in eighth place overall.
The Jennies entered the tournament as the fifth at-large selection. They opened the qualifying rounds, where each team plays the other seven teams in a round-robin format, with a 961-936 win over defending national champion Sam Houston State.
The Jens dropped their next four qualifying round matches to Stephen F. Austin (961-823), Arkansas State (1028-909), Fairleigh Dickinson (981-935) and Vanderbilt (1046-1022) to finish the day at 1-4. The Jennies are tied with Wisconsin-Whitewater at 1-4 overall, but sit in eighth place with 4,650 total pins, UWW has 4,898 total pins.
Stephen F. Austin and Nebraska both went 4-1 on day one of competition with SFA holding the head-to-head victory and sitting in first place. FDU is third at 3-2 as is Arkansas State in fourth. Vanderbilt and Sam Houston State are fifth and sixth, respectively, both with 2-3 records followed by UWW and UCM.
Jordan Richard is in 15th individually with a 204.6 average to lead the Jens. Haley Richard is 24th with a 186.0 average. Marina Stever is carrying a 201.0 average and is in 29th with three games played out of five total.
The Jennies have two more qualifying round matches on Friday morning against Wisconsin-Whitewater and Nebraska. Following the qualifying rounds, teams will be re-seeded for bracket play based on their qualifying round records.
Story courtesy UCM Athletics