Southern University bowling fell one win shy of reaching the SWAC Championship game for the second consecutive season during the 2019 SWAC Bowling Tournament.
Third-seeded Southern began the day with a comeback victory, erasing a 0-2 deficit to take down No. 6 seed Alabama A&M 4-2. The Jaguars nearly fell behind 3-1 but strung together four consecutive strikes to steal the fourth game. From there, Southern claimed the fifth and sixth games to advance in the bracket (118-146, 143-184, 173-138, 195-124, 169-133).
The Jaguars carried their momentum into the next round, sweeping No. 2 seed Prairie View A&M (199-190, 188-165, 183-167, 175-173) setting up a winner's bracket final with No. 1 seed Jackson State. A win in the winner's bracket final would force the team who reaches the championship to win twice to become SWAC Champions.
Jackson State, which earned the top seed in the tournament, advanced through the winner’s bracket after outlasting Southern in a seven-game clash. The Lady Tigers erased a 3-1 deficit and sealed their spot in the title game by scores of 200-191, 177-202, 139-182, 167-137, 236-170, 182-178, 191-156.
The loss zapped all momentum from the Jaguars as the Lady Panthers punched their ticket to the final round with a 4-2 win over Southern (208-171, 150-157, 210-156, 176-137, 185-190, 168-151) in the final game of the loser's bracket.
Southern University overcame three straight losses to finish ranked third in advance of tournament play set for Saturday. Lizzy Voisin finished with the third highest average with Sarah LeDuff tying for fifth, earning both Jaguars a place on the 2019 SWAC Bowling All Tournament team (singles scores).
In Game One, Southern fell 879-832 to Alabama State. The Jaguars fell in Game 2 against Texas Southern 860-854 and dropped Game 3 against Prairie View 905-880 before rebounding.
The Jaguars took down top team Jackson State 907-873 before adding a 865-636 win over Alabama A&M to end Friday's action with two straight wins. Despite losing the first three matches, Southern's overall pin count was high enough to put the Jaguars in third place after Friday.