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WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita State men’s and women’s Shocker Bowling teams have each earned another title for the season. Both teams took first place at the inaugural Trailblazer Tournament over the weekend in Terre Haute, Ind.
Both teams led the first day of the tournament, earning the No. 1 seed heading into the best-of-five Baker game elimination matches on Sunday.
The Shocker men cruised through the semi-final match, beating No. 4 seed Marian University, 3-1. The men then went on to face tournament host Vincennes University for the title. The rhythm stuck with the men as they claimed the win, 3-1.
“We had tough lane conditions, which was really great. More Baker-format match-play experience, which was also needed,” Head Coach Gordon Vadakin said. “We must continue to work and train hard.”
The Lady Shockers set a steady pace, winning the semi-final match against Indiana University, 3-1. The women ended the match on a high note, shooting a 289 Baker game.
The championship match proved to be tougher as the women were pushed to bowl game five in the best-of-five game match. The Lady Shockers quickly set the pace, resulting in a 279-163 win over Marian University.
Four Shockers took home All-Tournament Team honors for their performance at the tournament.
Junior Kelsey Muther (Topeka, Kan.) took home first place on the women’s side. She averaged 210.3 for four games. Senior Jazreel Tan (Singapore) and Junior Holly Harris (Long Prairie, Minn.) took home third and fourth place, respectively. Junior Chris Colella (Templeton, Mass.) represented the Shockers on the men’s side with a second place finish in the tournament.
The Shockers will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., next weekend to compete in the Hoosier Classic. This will be the last regular season tournament for the teams.
The Rhatigan Student Center has been the major financial and administrative supporter of the Wichita State University bowling program since 1959.