NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The college women’s bowling teams of Maya Avilez (North Carolina A&T State University) and Lauren Ruth Sarreal (Wagner), both formerly of New Dorp High School, were recognized by the National Tenpin Coaches Association for excelling in the classroom throughout the academic year.
The Wagner College women’s bowling team hosted the Wagner College Winter Invite on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at Rab’s Country Lanes on Staten Island.
It marked the final meet of the first half of the 2021-22 season for the Seahawks, who took second overall out of the three competing schools.
St. Francis Brooklyn took home the team title after posting a 3-1 overall record while tallying 4,344 total pins.
The Seahawks were next with a 2-1 record while knocking down a total of 4,309 pins. St. Thomas Aquinas College wrapped up the three-team field with a total pinfall count of 3,539.
Coach’s Corner – Head Coach Joseph Ambrose
“I am so proud of our team and how we finished as a team and individually. We were only 35 pins out of first-place and I credit that to our group of student-athletes that work so well together and for one another.”
“I could not ask for better captains than Amanda (Medvetz) and Totiana (Miranda) as their leadership, so early in their athletic careers, is vital for our program.”
“America (Carhart) and Kristina (Colon) earning All-Tournament along with Lauren (Ruth Sarreal) came up in clutch moments all afternoon long.”
“We continue to grow as a team and get better with each meet we compete in. I believe it is going to be a great second half and I can’t wait.”
Traditional Match #1 – Wagner 821
- The Seahawks bowled the first bye of the afternoon, posting a strong total of 821.
- Sarreal led the way for the Green & White, rolling a 191.
- Colon was the next top finisher, posting a 171 after stringing together four straight strikes to conclude the first match of the day for the eventual All-Tournament selection.
- Miranda, bowling anchor, put forth a strong 165.
Traditional Match #2 – Wagner 778, St. Francis Brooklyn 836
- In the first dual match for the Green & White on the afternoon, it pitted the home team against fellow Northeast Conference (NEC) member, St. Francis Brooklyn.
- Carhart and Miranda paced Wagner against the Terriers, with Carhart leading the way with a 173. Miranda followed up with a 171.
- Kimmi D’Ottavio was the top bowler for SFBK, rolling a 190. Laura McConnon was next at 184 while Heather Waters added a 165 in leading the Terriers past the Seahawks for their second win of the day.
Traditional Match #3 – Wagner 929, St. Thomas Aquinas College 714
- The Seahawks got their first win of the tournament against the Spartans in the third match of the day.
- Carhart continued to find the pocket early and carried her momentum from the second into this matchup with STAC, leading Wagner with a 215 total from the leadoff spot.
- Medvetz nearly posted the Seahawks’ second 200-game of the day, finishing at 192.
- Sarreal and Colon finished at 181 and 175, respectively, while Miranda rolled a 167 in the anchor position.
Traditional Match #4 – Wagner 868
- For the second time during the competition, the Seahawks bowled in the bye.
- This time, Wagner improved on their score by 57 pins en route to finishing at 868.
- Colon was the top-finisher in the fourth match, bowling a 191 while Miranda posted a 175.
- Carhart (172), Sarreal (171), and Medvetz (159) rounded out the performances as the Seahawks moved on to their fifth and final match, against St. Francis Brooklyn.
Traditional Match #5 – Wagner 913, St. Francis Brooklyn 862
- In a rematch of match #2, the Seahawks found themselves trailing by 30+ plus before capitalizing on an open frame created by the Terriers.
- From there, it would be a battle to the end, as the Seahawks were able to withstand the late surge by SFBK in posting the 51-pin victory.
- Colon posted the Seahawks’ second 200-game of the day, rolling off a 203.
- Carhart was next at 188 while Medvetz (180), Miranda (176), and Sarreal (166) finished the day.
- St. Francis Brooklyn was paced by Lexis Ortiz, who finished at 181, followed by Mikayla Ferrara at 180.
- D’Ottavio was next at 174 followed by Waters (165) and McConnnon (162).
Wagner College Winter Invite All-Tournament…
- At the conclusion of the meet, where St. Francis Brooklyn was crowned the team winners, the All-Tournament team was announced.
- SFBK’s Heather Waters was named MVP after tallying a total pinfall of 938 (187.60 average) over the five games.
- She was one of three Terriers named to the team as McConnon joined her after finishing second overall in total pinfall with 916 (183.20).
- America Carhart was the first Seahawk announced to the All-Tournament team, after the freshman finished at 891 (178.20 average).
- Joining her was teammate Kristina Colon, who placed fourth overall with a total pinfall of 878 (175.60).
- Wrapping up the All-Tournament choices was the Terriers’ Kimmi D’Ottavio, who finished one pin short of Colon at 877 (175.40 average).
Wagner College Winter Invite Averages:
- 3rd America Carhart 891 total pinfall 178.20 average
- 4th Kristina Colon 878 total pinfall 175.60 average
- 7th Totiana Miranda 854 total pinfall 170.80 average
- 8th Lauren Ruth Sarreal 853 total pinfall 170.60 average
- 9th Amanda Medvetz 833 total pinfall 166.60 average
- Wagner will open up the New Year on January 22-23 as they will host the Seahawks Invite at Rab’s Country Lanes.