The women's bowling team had a very challenging two-day USBC Sectional that concluded on Sunday, but when the dust settled the Bulldogs finished fourth after 64 baker games and are headed to the USBC Team Nationals beginning April 15 at Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.
"I am so proud of this team because they gave everything they had and held on to make it into nationals," said head coach Jody Fetterhoff. "We were second for most of the tournament, but the scores were so close that it came down to the last game. We got jumped but had built enough of a lead to take fourth and make our first trip to nationals. We prefer baker games and after our strong finish last year they finally believed we could make it. Our confidence grew and we just made shots and spares. I think we shocked a lot of people by making it because we are a pretty young team. We earned this opportunity and will hopefully surprise more people in April."
The two-day format began on Saturday morning and included 32 baker games. The baker games are divided into two 16-game sets. The Bulldogs were second after the morning session on Saturday with a total of 3,028 pins which trailed only Lindenwood with 3,126 pins. The Bulldogs bowled a 221 in game two and then rolled a 241 later in game seven. Adrian had three more games in the 200's with a 202 in game 10 followed by a 243 in game 11. They also rolled a 200 in game 15 and also created a little distance between themselves and third place St. Ambrose (2,987 pins).
The Bulldogs dipped into fourth place after the Saturday afternoon session being passed by St. Ambrose and Bellarmine. Adrian had just three 200 games in the 16-game set with a 204 in game 19, 216 in game 24 and a 200 in game 26. The Bulldogs rolled a 2,944-pin total and had 5,972 pins through day one.
Adrian had a strong Sunday morning session and vaulted back into second place. They rolled back-to-back 200 games with a 222 in game 35 and 201 in game 36. Game 40 produced their best in the block with a 234 and they also had a 202 in game 44 and 218 in game 47. Lindenwood separated themselves with 9,111 pins as Adrian checked in with 8,951. They build a cushion of 62 pins to remain in the top four and qualify for nationals entering the Sunday afternoon session.
Lindenwood, Bellarmine and Notre Dame College also qualified for nationals and finished ahead of the Bulldogs. Adrian finished with 11,827 pins and were 45 pins ahead of St. Ambrose for the final spot. The Bulldogs started strong in the first five baker games of the session and then hit a snag with scores of 120 and 145. The squad responded with a 209 in game 57 and a 221 in game 60 to secure their spot. The Bulldogs also had a 208 in game 63.