Wichita State women's bowling team finishes regular season with a bang; win Hoosier Classic


    Women's Collegiate Bowling

    Lady Shockers defeat Newman University by higher total pin fall after a tie in the deciding seventh game in the championship best four-out-of-seven match



    Momentum is in the Wichita State Lady Shocker's hands after successfully defending the Hoosier Classic title held at Western Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana this past weekend. This year's event attracted a hefty field of 67 women's teams.

    The picture shows Wichita State's men's and women's bowling teams with head coach Gordon Vadakin, right, and assistant Coach Mark Lewis, left.

    Each team qualified on two demanding lane conditions, bowling 9 team games. After scores were tallied the Lady Shockers found themselves in first place waiting for the best two-out-of-three baker match play bracket, aside from the championship match which was best four-out-of-seven.

    Number 8 seed Ashford University fell to the Shockers with scores of 159 to 222, 204 to 187, and 197-169. Shortly after, the women faced number 5 seed Grandview University, who were defeated in two games with scores of 187 to 157 and 210 to 173.

    Kansas natives Newman University awaited the Shockers for the championship best four-out-of-seven match. The Shockers soon found themselves down 0-2 before rallying back to tie the match with scores of 170 to 177, 189 to 208, 199 to 175, and 221 to 190.

    The challenging match play oil condition proved difficult as they won their fifth game 155 to 131. Newman University fought back, tying the match with a 214 to 217 victory.

    This match went to the tenth frame of game seven, leaving the match in Newman University's hands. A failed spare conversion on the last ball left the final game score tied at 162 to 162. Tournament rules gave tied matches to the higher total pin fall, in this case, the Lady Shockers (1,310 to 1,260).

    2015 Hoosier Women's Bracket

    "These ladies have come a long way since their first tournament," Assistant Coach Mark Lewis said. "Our focus is now set on sectionals. We can't wait to get back to work."

    Two players earned individual accolades from the qualifying portion of the event. Freshman Sydney Brummet (Fort Wayne, Ind.) earned the top position, averaging 217 for 9 games. Sophomore Daria Kovalova (Ukraine) qualified fourth in the individual standings, averaging 204 for 9 games.