Field set for 2009 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships


    USBC Collegiate

     This weekend, the nation's top collegiate bowling teams took part in sectional qualifying for the 2009 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships. Qualifying competition consisted of 64 Baker games bowled at one of four sectional sites: Allentown, Pa., Chattanooga, Tenn., Fairview Heights, Ill., and Las Vegas.

    Every team began sectionals with the same goal: to finish in the top four in their division. Doing so would mean a trip to the national finals, which will be held April 15-18 at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Ill. Unfortunately, it was only possible for 16 men's teams and 16 women's teams to reach that goal, and it took some outstanding bowling to do so.

    In Allentown, Pikeville won the men's competition with a 64-game total of 13,066 pins. Rochester Institute of Technology was second with 12,983, leaving Webber International (12,956) and Robert Morris (Pa.) (12,546) to collect the final two qualifying positions.

    Maryland-Eastern Shore topped the women's field with 12,027 pins. Defending women's national champion Pikeville finished second with 11,902 pins. Penn State (11,791) and Erie Community College (11,575) finished third and fourth, respectively.

    Saginaw Valley State had an easy time at the Chattanooga Sectional, putting up 13,477 pins to win the men's competition by nearly 700 pins over second-place Robert Morris (Ill.), which finished with 12,789 pins. Purdue (12,757) and Vincennes (12,709) grabbed the final two advancing spots, narrowly holding off Florida State (12,691), Morehead State (12,622) and Central Florida (12,613).

    Things were not nearly as close on the women's side. Central Florida breezed to the title, shooting 12,778 to finish well ahead of second-place Bellarmine (11,876) and third-place Robert Morris (Ill.) (11,838). Ball State shot 11,641 to secure the final advancing position.

    The Wichita State men's team earned the right to defend its national title by shooting 13,657 to win the Fairview Heights Sectional. Newman (13,169), Nebraska-Lincoln (13,147) and Calumet (12,718) also made it through. Nebraska-Omaha (12,592) and Western Illinois (12,570) also were in the hunt, both finishing within 200 pins of the qualifying number.

    Things were even closer on the women's side where Calumet (11,540) grabbed fourth place just 38 pins ahead of fifth-place Wisconsin-Whitewater (11,502). Wichita State won the division with 12,473 pins. Wright State (11,678) and Newman (11,591) finished second and third, respectively.

    The final spots to ITCs were given out at the Las Vegas Sectional. Fresno State (12,994), Lindenwood (12,823), Arizona State (12,805) and North Dakota State (12,703) advanced in the men's competition while McKendree (12,131), Lindenwood (12,101), Fresno State (11,793), Martin Methodist (11,658) made it through on the women's side.