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WICHITA, Kan. –– After last year’s runner-up finish, and a rocky start on Saturday, the Shocker Men claimed the Kegel Collegiate Classic title at Landmark Lanes in Peoria, Ill. last Sunday.
Teams bowled 6 qualifying games and 10 baker qualifying games before cutting to the top 8 teams for an elimination round. After qualifying in 7th place for the eliminator round, the Shockers battled through each game, eventually rising to the top at the day’s end.
“These players had a very dominant performance in the eliminator round,” Head Coach Gordon Vadakin said. “We’ve put in a lot of hard work and we’re not letting off the gas.”
The semi-final’s last game proved intense as graduate student Matt McNiel struck out in the tenth frame, moving the Shockers into the final by 1 pin.
“It was surreal,” McNiel said. “I was glad I could contribute to the success we were having, but our team was still focused on the challenge of the final match.”
Although the men managed a pocket percentage of nearly 70% in qualifying, it was not enough as they qualified 817 pins behind last year’s champions Robert Morris University. Robert Morris University failed to advance through the first round of elimination matches.
On the women’s side, the Lady Shockers led their 3rd straight tournament through qualifying, eventually finishing 3rd after winning their first elimination match. St. Ambrose University Women placed first and Wichita State senior Tannya Roumimper led the women’s field in average with 221.16.
The Shockers head to Lawrence, Kan. for their next event, the Jayhawk Classic, on Nov. 2.
For more information about the Shockers, 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.