ALTOONA, Pa. – Felician University senior right-hander Nicole Aumack (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) finished fourth out of 58 individuals at the Red Flash Invitational NCAA women's bowling event, hosted by Saint Francis (Pa.) University on Friday through Sunday at Holiday Bowl.
Bowling for the first time following a 67-day layoff, Felician (25-30) turned in a 6-6 dual-match won-lost record for the weekend. The Golden Falcons, however, settled for seventh place out of nine teams, completing each of the three days of competition in that slot.
The format called for five five-game Baker matches on Friday, followed by five traditional team games on Saturday. The teams were then seeded by total pinfall into a playoff bracket for three best-of-seven Baker matches on Sunday.
The individual results were determined by total pinfall during Saturday's traditional round. Aumack shot 962 – a per-game average of 192.4 – including games of 215 in Match 1 and 225 in Match 4. She was named to the All-Tournament team, the school-record sixth such honor in her career.
Aumack was one of three Golden Falcons to start all five of Saturday's matches. Junior righty Jenn Ingulli (Oakhurst, N.J./Ocean Township) fired 795 (159.0 average) and finished 24th, while freshman left-hander Eliza Abreu (Fords, N.J./Woodbridge) was 26th with 780 (156.0). Both players' high game was 187.
Felician began the tournament with two victories on Friday. But the Golden Falcons lost their final three matches, to nationally-ranked squads No. 9 Youngstown State University and No. 13 Mount Saint Mary's (Md.) University as well as the host Red Flash. They averaged 158.0 per Baker game
On Saturday Felician attained its best score, 918, during a bye. Both of its traditional wins came against La Roche University, a first-year program. The Golden Falcons needed a five-frame roll-off to get past the Redhawks again in their first playoff match on Sunday morning. After a six-game loss to Mount Aloysius College, Felician topped La Roche a fourth time, 4-2, in the seventh-place match.
In addition to its 3.5-3.5 deadlock with the Redhawks on Sunday morning, forcing the roll-off, Felician competed in three other matches over the weekend decided by five pins or fewer, going 1-2 in those.
Mount Saint Mary's captured the tournament championship. The Mount went 11-0 for the weekend, earning a 4-3 victory over Saint Francis in the title match (191-146 in Game 7). MSMU sophomore Barbara Hawes was named the Most Valuable Player following her five-game traditional total of 1017 on Saturday.
Aumack's season traditional average of 198.46 is among the top 50 in the country and is 12 pins ahead of the pace of the single-season Felician record.
Felician completes in two one-day tournaments next weekend, Feb. 1-2, at the Molloy College Bowl for the Cure event in Douglassvile, Pa.