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WICHITA, Kan. – After small score gaps between teams on Saturday, the Lady Shockers claimed top honors at the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence Kan., on Sunday, defending last year’s title.
Shocker Bowling sent men’s and women’s varsity and junior varsity teams to the Jayhawk, which consisted of 6 team games and 32 baker games. Varsity teams contained selected players while junior varsity was composed of developmental players.
Although the varsity women put together a limited lead of 32 pins in the 6 team games, the baker portion displayed the strength of WSU as they out averaged the field by nearly 5 pins a game, claiming top honors by 150 pins.
“This tournament had a lot of positives,” Head Coach Gordon Vadakin said. “It showed us some things we need to work on, and that’s a great thing to take away.”
Saturday started slow and, after a trying battle with the lane condition on Sunday, the men’s varsity team placed 3rd in their division.
“It was frustrating,” Senior Nick Powers said. “We felt like we made great shots, but we weren’t matched up correctly. We didn’t have a lot to work with.”
Sophomore Zach Rhoades averaged 220.5, leading the way for WSU and finishing second in the all-events totals, 2 pins behind first. Freshman Lucas Vernon of the junior varsity team finished 12th in all-event. He was the next highest WSU player in total pins, averaging 200.6.
On the ladies’ side senior Allie Ijams averaged 207.5, finishing second in the all-events portion of the tournament. Sophomore Dasha Kovalova placed 8th in all-events as the next highest WSU player.
The Shockers are preparing for their next event, National Team Match Games, on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29 and 30.
For more information about the Shocker Bowling program, visit our website at www.wichita.edu/bowling.
The Rhatigan Student Center has been the major financial and administrative supporter of the Wichita State University bowling program since 1959.