William Penn Dethroned at League Meet
Dubuque–The Lady Statesmen bowling team came up short in its bid for a three-peat at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships Saturday and Sunday.
William Penn tallied 8,342 pins in six regular games and 16 Baker games at the Clarke Invitational, the qualifying tournament for the Championships.
Viterbo won the qualifying event with 8,583 pins to claim the top seed for bracket play, while the navy and gold were third out of the six MCC teams (fourth overall, including non-MCC Ashford).
The Lady Statesmen opened up the Championships by facing #6 seed Clarke in the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, the two-time defending champions were swept 2-0. #2 seed Mount Mercy eventually won the title, defeating St. Ambrose 2-1 in the finals.
Kelsey Johnson (So., Montgomery, Ill., Secondary Education) was the best WPU roller in qualifying with a 204.2 average (1,225 pins) to place third. She was one of five players named to the all-tournament team.
Viterbo’s Rachel Schalow was the top qualifier with a 210.5 average.
Breanne Underwood (Grad., Treynor, Iowa, Master’s of Business Leadership) finished one spot off the all-tourney team, placing sixth with a 193.2 average, while Kirstin Newberry (Jr., Holland, Mich., Secondary Education) was next with a 185.8 average. All three individuals started all six games.
Abigayle Wempen (Sr., Titonka, Iowa, Public Accounting) averaged 169.2 pins in five games, while Jessica Ganem (Sr., Austin, Texas, Psychology) had a 155.8 clip also in five games. L’Neisha Porter (Fr., Chicago, Ill., General Accounting) rounded out the team’s scoring with a 128.5 mark in two games.
Next: William Penn travels to Indianapolis, Ind. to compete in the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic next weekend.