MIDLOTHIAN, VA—The New Jersey City University women’s bowling team completed a perfect weekend in Virginia by winning five more matches and posted dominant results in Baker play to vault from seventh place to second overall among 20 schools on the final day of the Jeannette Lee Invitational hosted by St. Paul’s College on December 6.
NJCU (29-15), which entered the weekend ranked No. 8 nationally among Division I, II and III institutions, registered an 11-0 record in two days in Virginia and extended the program’s winning streak to 12 straight matches.
NJCU had a 6-0 record on day one but stood in seventh place with 5,398 total pinfall following the traditional team matches—only 89 pins out of second place. The Knights surged up the leaderboard on Sunday, eventually finishing with a 9,316 total pinfall following 11 matches. The Knights ended 150 pins clear of third place and then #9-ranked Sacred Heart University (9166) and just 120 behind tournament winner Fairleigh Dickinson University. FDU had a 246-pin lead over NJCU when the day began.
In Baker play, NJCU defeated North Carolina Central University, 736-546, Saint Augustine’s College, 665-506, host St. Paul’s, 854-583, Johnson C. Smith University, 841-658, and #16 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 822-721.
Remarkably, in the 100 total Baker games played in the tournament, NJCU posted the top three overall scores—854, 841 and 822—as the Knights closed the final three matches of the weekend with dynamic results. NJCU was the only team to roll an 800 or better during the quad-Baker matches.
Senior JENN MARMO (North Babylon, NY/North Babylon (NY)), who anchored NJCU during the weekend, was lethally accurate. In all, 34 of her 61 shots were strikes and she only had five opens, either on splits or washouts.
In NJCU’s 736-546, 190-pin win over NCCU, the Knights rolled games of 204-193-180-159 versus the Eagles’ 127-125-146-148. NJCU started a lineup of sophomore JENNIFER DAUNNO (Carteret, NJ/Carteret), freshman KELLY DAUNNO (Carteret, NJ/Carteret), senior CANDICE D’ANGELO (Coram, NY/Longwood (NY)), junior NICOLE DREJERWSKI (Levittown, PA/Conwell-Egan Catholic) and Marmo.
The Knights beat Saint Augustine’s by 159 pins, winning 665-506. NJCU had scores of 159-158-157-191 while the Falcons posted a line of 120-135-135-116. NJCU started a lineup of the Daunno sisters, D’Angelo, Drejerwski and Marmo, before sophomore AMY BREHM (East Brunswick, NJ/East Brunswick) subbed in during the match.
In match three, the Knights crushed host St. Paul’s, 854-583, for a lopsided 271-pin victory. A lineup of the Daunno sisters, Brehm, Drejerwski and Marmo uncorked game scores of 214-187-232-221 while the Tigers bowled games of 117-173-152-141.
NJCU posted another decisive win in an 841-658, 183-pin triumph over Johnson C. Smith. NJCU collected scores of 214-226-164-237 with the Daunno sisters, Brehm, Drejerwski and Marmo on the lanes. The Golden Bulls tallied scores of 124-183-196-155.
In the lone match of the weekend that wasn’t against a Division II opponent, NJCU also faced its lone ranked club. But the Knights once again owned fellow Division III foe Wisconsin-Whitewater, claiming a 101-pin victory over the 16th-ranked Warhawks. NJCU, competing with the original starting lineup of the Daunno sisters, D’Angelo, Drejerwski and Marmo, unleashed scores of 169-194-245-214. UWW rolled 147-201-182-191 marks.
NJCU will be inactive until mid-January when the Knights look to repeat as champions of the Terriers Knockdown, hosted by St. Francis College in Staten Island, NY. NJCU won that title during the 2008-09 campaign.
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