Two runner-up trophies, four straight top six finishes
In head-to-head games, the Penguins won at least eight decisions in all four of their fall tournaments. Youngstown State was 15-5 in traditional games, 14-6 in Baker games and 6-6 in bracket games. YSU started the season with a pair of runner-up finishes, falling in seven games in the championship game against Arkansas State at the MOTIV Penguin Classic and dropping a six-game game for Vanderbilt at the Adelphi Dezy Strong Classic. YSU went on to win 10 of its 13 games at the MOTIV Ladyjack Classic, finishing fifth in the overall standings, and the Penguins won eight games, finishing sixth in the Eastern Shore Hawk Classic.
Penguins maintain top-10 rankings
Youngstown State was ranked seventh in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 Poll and maintained that top 10 throughout the semester. The Penguins dropped one spot to eighth in the December release and they are now in the top 10 in nine of the last 10 polls.
Record against ranked teams
Youngstown State posted an impressive 19-14 record against ranked opponents during the fall semester. The Penguins were 7-7 against teams in the top 10 in the NTCA poll, winning at No. 3 Arkansas State, No. 4 Vanderbilt and No. 5 North Carolina A&T during the semester. YSU defeated No. 10 Stephen F. Austin three times, taking two wins each against No. 11 Duquesne, No. 13 Mount St. Mary’s and No. 23 LIU.
Average three penguins at record speed
After four tournaments in the fall semester, three Youngstown State bowlers are well on their way to setting the school record for highest average over a season. The record is 200.04 held by current assistant coach Nikki Mendez in 2019-20. Megan Gram averaged 206.65 in the fall semester, Jade Cote averaged 203.38, and Emma Wrenn averaged 201.65. Wrenn is also on track to set school records for fill frame percentage and reserve percentage.
Gram Regurgitation Semester
Junior Megan Grams had a breakout semester to say the least. The Michigan City, Ind. native threw three of the top five individual games in the history of the program: 278 vs. Arkansas State at the MOTIV Penguin Classic; 276 vs. Mount St. Mary’s at the Dezy Strong Classic; 269 vs. Stephen F. Austin at the MOTIV Ladyjack Classic – during the fall. She is the only Penguin to ever play multiple games over 270, and she has five of the top 20 games ever by a YSU bowler.
Three different best individual finishers
The Penguins showed their depth throughout the fall as three different bowlers led the team in individual scoring in just four events. Megan Grams finished best in YSU’s first two tournaments, finishing second at the MOTIV Penguin Classic and fifth at the Dezy Strong Classic. Lyndsay Ennis then slipped into first place by finishing 17th at the MOTIV Ladyjack Classic in the third tournament of the semester, and Jade Cote was the best Penguin with an 11th place finish in the Eastern Shore Hawk Classic. In all, YSU had 11 top-25 individual finishes in the fall, and Grams and Emma Wrenn had three each.
Individual National Ranking
- Jade Cote had the third best first ball average in the country in traditional play during the fall semester, averaging 9,223. She had a nine-count or better 79.2% of the time in traditional games.
- Megan Grams’ 20.7 pins per frame in traditional play was ranked 15th, and she also had the 15th best hit rate in the country in the traditional format.
- Kirsten Moore had the 15th best single-pin reserve percentage in the country at 93.3%, and her 95% success rate on single-pin browsing during Baker matches was 95%.
- Emma Wrenn was seventh in the country during the fall semester with 76.4%. She even scored better in non-split attempts as she converted 88.4% of her 251 attempts.
National Team Ranking
The Penguins were among the top 10 teams in nearly every statistical metric during the fall semester. Among the highlights:
- Youngstown State averaged 19.49 pins per frame overall, which was eighth in the country.
- YSU was ninth in both fill percentage (83.11%) and hit percentage (45.73%), and it was ninth in reserve percentage (68.88%). In single-pin spare attempts, the Penguins had the sixth best conversion rate of 88.91%.
- The Penguins were eighth in the country in first ball average with 8,943 pins.