Collegiate Ticker - Nov. 15, 2023

The 2023-2024 United States Bowling Congress Collegiate season continued last weekend as 14 events were held, highlighted by the Leatherneck Classic.

Varsity competition was contested across two states and bowling centers, as the men bowled at Big River Bowl in Davenport, Iowa, and the women competed at Highland Park Bowl in Moline, Illinois. Select pairs were livestreamed on BowlTV.

The format featured five traditional games and 16 Baker games, with the top eight teams in each varsity division advancing to a Baker bracket. All bracket matches were contested in a best-of-three format.

In the men’s division, Wichita State qualified first for the bracket and defeated No. 8 Indiana Tech (2-0) and No. 5 St. Ambrose (2-1) for their spot in the finals, where they faced off against No. 7 Mount Mercy.

Mount Mercy defeated No. 2 Saint Xavier (2-1) and No. 6 McKendree (2-1) on their way to the championship match.

Mount Mercy lost Game 1, 214-169, before taking the next two games, 170-146 and 211-187, to claim its second win of the season.

Saint Xavier’s Michael Harmon led all men in the individual standings, rolling games of 229, 230, 212, 226 and 246 for a 1,143 total. Oklahoma Christian’s C.J. Petrin (1,142), Davenport’s Lucas Buck (1,137) and Wichita State teammates Ty’un Mattison (1,122) and Spencer Robarge (1,117) joined Harmon on the all-tournament team.

On the women’s side, Mount Mercy qualified first and defeated No. 8 St. Ambrose (2-1) and No. 4 Judson (2-1) to advance to the championship match against No. 6 Calumet.

Calumet defeated No. 3 Saint Xavier (2-1) and No. 7 Webber (2-0) to earn its spot in the final match.

Calumet won Game 1, 225-187, but narrowly lost Game 2, 152-154. The match went to a deciding Game 3, where Calumet claimed the win, 194-175, to take home the title.

Culver-Stockton’s Rachel Moore had a slow start to the day with games of 191 and 152, before shooting 231, 246 and 264 to end the day at the top of the women’s individual standings with a 1,084 total. Joining Moore on the all-tournament team was St. Francis-Illinois’ McKenzie Mattice (1,042), Calumet’s Paige Plautz (1,042), Morningside’s Emaly Kruse (1,026) and Davenport’s Kasey Eaton (1,012).

In other collegiate action:

- At the AC Open and SHU Halo Classic in Adrian, Michigan, the Spring Arbor men and women collected two wins each as they swept the weekend.

- The first of three Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) events of the year was held in Pasadena, Maryland, and Fayetteville State had three women in the top 11 with Paige Rockwell leading the way with just over a 183 average.  Virginia Union also had three women in the top eight with Kiara Powell leading the team, averaging 178.  The conference meetings will continue Jan. 26-28, with the combined meetings determining a regular season champion.

- At the MOTIV Ladyjack Classic in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Jacksonville State women defeated Vanderbilt in a tiebreaker by one pin (118-117) to collect the 4-3.5 win.

- At the Northeast Conference-Event 1 in North Brunswick, New Jersey, the Merrimack women went 6-1 to take home the title.

- At the Raider Classic in Kettering, Ohio, the Marian Indiana men and Wright State women collected match-play wins.

- At the Spring Hill Classic-Events 1 and 2 in Pensacola, Florida, the Central Florida men and Cumberland women won Event 1, while the Emmanuel men and Spring Hill women won Event 2.

- At the Southwest Intercollegiate Bowling Conference (SWIBC)-Events 3 and 4 in Fort Worth, Texas, the Southern Nazarene men and Texas A&M women claimed wins for Event 3. The Southern Nazarene men and women swept Event 4.

- At the Daemen Storm Fall Classic in Lockport, New York, the Daemen women went 9-1 for the weekend to collect a win.

- At the Sonic Boom Invitational in Brandon, Mississippi, the Southern- Baton Rouge women went undefeated for the weekend to capture the win.

Next weekend will include a Tier I event, the National Collegiate Team Match Games, along with 13 other events.

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