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WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita State Lady Shockers took home a second place finish over the weekend in the Blue and Gold Classic hosted by the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
The Lady Shockers began the first day of the tournament in strong fashion. Five of the eight women averaged more than 200 pins a game, helping the team secure a second place finish after the first day of competition.
Just 86 pins behind Newman University, the women began the second day of competition with a slow start. Unfortunately, the Lady Shockers were unable to get the momentum going. The women took home a second place finish, trailing 142 pins behind tournament winner McKendree University.
“It would have been nice to keep our streak of wins going, but I thought it was a good showing given that we were short-handed. I don’t like making excuses, but missing two possible First Team All-American’s would be a challenge for any team,” Assistant Coach Mark Lewis said. “Without Jazreel and Tannya, it allowed us to get some other players some more playing time. Some players took advantage of that opportunity and hopefully that will help us as we move forward.”
This is the just the second time the women have earned a second place finish this season.
The men were unable to gain ground in the field of 76 men’s teams. The Shockers finished the first day of the tournament 466 pins behind tournament leader Morehead State University.
The second day of the competition proved to be just as challenging as the first. The men never found the rhythm, resulting in a 14th place finish for the tournament.
“We could not find a way to match up to the lanes, where many other teams obviously did,” Head Coach Gordon Vadakin said. “We will re-dedicate the men to their training and improvement.”
The Shockers will head to Terre Haute, Ind., next month to compete in the Trailblazer Tournament. This will be the first time Wichita State has competed in the tournament.
The Rhatigan Student Center has been the major financial and administrative supporter of the Wichita State University bowling program since 1959.