Bowling teams score successful regular season, post-season

Bowling THE WOMEN’S TEAM tied for fifth place at the ITC Nationals. Courtesy Photo, Newman Athletics.

Men’s and women’s bowling wrapped up their 2016-2017 season at the Intercollegiate Team Championship. Neither team brought home the hardware, but both teams said they were pleased with their performances while at nationals.

Junior Miranda Hejny said she was  pleased with the wins they had to get to nationals.

“We worked hard all year long and had a good result because of it,” she said.

Hejny said that a team goal from the start of the season was to make it to nationals.

“We successfully made it to nationals and I think we did a good job competing beforehand to get there, so I would say that we were successful in accomplishing our goals.”

At the beginning of the year, Hejny said one of the women’s team’s biggest strengths was that over half of their traveling team was returners.

“I believe that helped us because us as returners knew our roles on the team which helped encourage our new players to find their roles on the team.”

Hejny said the experience of the upper-classmen aided in bringing the team closer together as a whole.

“I feel that through this, our team worked together better and became more of a unit instead of individuals,” she said.

Throughout the entire season, the women’s team posted upper-half finishes in every match, even placing first place out of five teams in October at the Sandhills Classic.

At the ITC Nationals, the men’s and women’s teams both earned wins before their run was over. The women’s team went 2-2 overall and finished tied for fifth, the team’s best finish since 2007.

The men’s team placed 13th overall in their first appearance at Nationals since 2011.

Senior Alex George said he felt  good about the success the team had this season.

“Going to nationals for the first time in six years was huge, and obviously Midstates as well,” he said. “It was a really big moment for us.”

George said the team’s biggest goal was to win the National Championship.

“That was our main goal, but we also had smaller goals of making it to nationals and winning a tournament.”

George said one of the men’s team’s biggest strengths was communication and cohesiveness.

“We weren’t individuals, we were a family and one whole unit,” he said. “The team did well in understanding each of our games as individuals and finding where they fit into the team dynamic.”

This story first appeared in the May 4th, 2017 issue of The Vantage