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WICHITA, Kan. – The Shocker men’s and women’s bowling teams brought home another victory for the season after sweeping the first place titles at the Leatherneck Classic over the weekend in Milan, Ill., and Davenport, Iowa.
This tournament win marks the third win of the season for each of the men’s and women’s teams.
The men began the tournament with a slow start, falling 180 pins behind leading team Robert Morris College – Illinois after the first day of competition. The second day of qualifying included 16 Baker games with the top eight teams of the field advancing to match play.
It proved to be a better day for the men as they rose to the top of the match-play portion of the event, defeating Midland University, 2-0 in the first match.
They continued the winning streak with a 2-1 win over University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in the semi-finals. The Shocker men then advanced to the championship match where they swept top-qualifier Robert Morris College – Illinois with a 2-0 win.
“It was a great opportunity to get some Baker matches in,” Head Coach Gordon Vadakin said. “Although the men have a ton of work ahead of them, this was a positive step in the right direction.”
The Lady Shockers dominated their division of the event. At the completion of the first day, the women led the field by 180 pins.
They continued to cruise through match play, winning their first match against Newman University, 2-1. The women then moved to the semi-final round where they swept McKendree University, 2-0. The momentum continued as they fought for the title and came out on top with a 2-0 win over Ashford University.
“We did a nice job of taking what we did in qualifying into match play,” Assistant Coach Mark Lewis said. “All the women did a good job working together. This was another step forward that we hope to continue.”
Three Shocker women made the All-Tournament Team. Leading the field was freshman Dasha Kovalova (Moscow, Russia) with a 216.8 average for six games. Taking fourth place was junior Tannya Roumimper (Bandung, Indonesia) with a 212.5 average. Rounding out the top five was senior Jazreel Tan (Singapore), averaging 211.5 for the tournament.
The Shockers hit the road again next week, traveling to Illinois to compete in the National Team Match Games tournament.
The Rhatigan Student Center has been the major financial and administrative supporter of the Wichita State University bowling program since 1959.