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Men's Bowling - Tue, Oct. 11, 2016
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - - - It was a historic day for Judson University Athletics as the first men's and women's bowling season commenced at the Columbia 300 Western Shootout in Indianapolis, Indiana. The tournament featured a two day, 40 men's teams and 38 women's teams, shootout that kicked off the first ever organized bowling tournament for Judson University.


The tournament consisted of six team games on Saturday, and concluded with 16 'baker games' on Sunday. For those unfamiliar with a bowling tournament format, the team games consist of individual bowlers completing all ten frames and then averaging the scores for the final team score. The 'baker games' system has each individual bowler on the team completing one frame at a time until you complete ten frames. 


The men completed two great days of bowling finishing 11th of 40 teams and placing two bowlers in the top 25 individually. The Eagles came close to finishing top ten overall, but tough lane conditions challenged the men in day two as they ended up just outside the top ten in 11th place. Austin Bull (FR/Rockford, IL) and Derek Poole (FR/Rockford, IL) put together great games as they finished individually 16th and 21st respectively. Bull shot a 1239 through six games for an average of 206.5, and Poole shot a 1205 through six games for a 200.8 average. 


"It was definitely a great tournament for them and I'm very proud of them," said head coach Astrid Valiente. "They have been working really hard and putting their heart [into] practice. This team has the motivation and dedication to achieve big things and I can't wait to see their first win." 


On the women's side, the Lady Eagles were challenged as well by the lane conditions and the nerves of the first tournament. Coach Valiente added, "I think this tournament helped them realize how hard college bowling is and will give them the motivation to practice harder." And despite the lane conditions and nerves, the women were still able to finish 30th of 38 teams in their first ever collegiate tournament.


"They are all freshman and new to this college experience," Coach Valiente stated. " If they did this in their first tournament, imagine them in their third year of college. They already put the name of Judson University [Bowling] on the map and many looked at them and saw the talent. They were family and their assistant coach, Fidel Marchena, did an amazing job. I'm very proud of them."


The next tournaments include the Orange and Black tournament in Beavercreek, Ohio for the men on October 15-16, and the Laker Intercollegiate Bowling Tournament in West Michigan for the women on October 22nd.