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WICHITA, Kan. – The Lady Shockers completed their time in Vegas with a second win for the trip. The women took home top honors at the 2012 Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 20-21. They won the Collegiate Shoot-out title the day prior to the Las Vegas Invitational.
The women took full advantage of the first day of competition, leading the field by 203 pins ahead of second place team Webber International. The momentum didn’t stop as they returned for day two. The women lead the qualifying portion of the tournament, earning the top seed in the match-play portion of the competition.
The women faced No. 8 seed Fresno State and won the best three-out-of-five game match 3-1 to advance to the semi-final round. The Lady Shockers then met West Texas A&M University where they swept the match 3-0.
They then advanced to the championship match against Webber International. Unfortunately, the Wichita State women lost the first game, but quickly found the rhythm again, winning the next three games, resulting in a 3-1 win for the title.
Two Lady Shockers earned a spot on the All-Tournament team for their efforts during the competition. Junior Tannya Roumimper (Bandung, Indonesia) earned a fourth place finish with an average of 206.7 for 9 team games. Senior Jazreel Tan (Singapore) led the field with an impressive 220.0 average over the course of the tournament. This is the sixth All-Tournament team finish of the season for both Lady Shockers.
The men also had a good showing at the tournament, but unfortunately never made it to the top.
After a slow start on the first day of competition, the men finished the qualifying round just 72 pins behind leader Webber International University.
The men won their first match against University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, after a first round bye. Unfortunately, they never found the momentum, losing 0-3 to Calumet College of St. Joseph.
The Shockers settled for a tie for third place.
Senior Miguel Lopez (Peoria, Ariz.) earned a third place finish and a spot on the All-Tournament team for his showing at the tournament. Lopez averaged 213.4 for 9 team games. This is his second All-Tournament team honor of the season.
The Shockers will begin the New Year at the Blue and Gold Classic in South Bend, Ind., on Jan. 19-20.
The Rhatigan Student Center has been the major financial and administrative supporter of the Wichita State University bowling program since 1959.