Wichita State sweeps USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships titles

    04/19/09

    USBC Collegiate

    2009ITCWichitaStateWomen.jpgFrom the first shot of the first game, the Wichita State women made it clear they would be tough to stop from winning their record ninth United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships title.

    The Shockers led each game from the get go as they swept Lindenwood to win the women's national title, 2-0, at The Cherry Bowl on Saturday. Wichita State took the opening game 218-180 and clinched the title with a 197-156 victory. The title match will air on CBS College Sports on June 2 at 8 p.m. EDT.

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    "This year was amazing and we worked the whole year on staying in the moment, so we were just feeling really confident," Wichita State anchor Rocio Restrepo said. "It feels great, and now it's time to get some school work done and enjoy this victory."

    Wichita State started the first game with three consecutive strikes and never looked back. Lead-off bowler Melissa Hurst began the second game with a strike as well and the Shockers rolled to their third title in the past five years.

    Hurst and fellow senior Samantha Linder capped of their careers at Wichita State by each striking on three of their four shots in the championship.

    "We wanted to come out and be aggressive," Wichita State coach Mark Lewis said. "Melissa played the lead-off role and made great shots. Knowing it was the last shots of their college career, Melissa and Samantha stepped up and just stuffed the pocket and made great shots."

    Lindenwood attempted to make a comeback to win the first game after falling behind by 20 pins. Strikes in the seventh and eighth frames put the Lions in position to steal the first game, but Laura Fonnegra left a pocket 7-10 split in the ninth frame to put an end to the rally.

    In the semifinals, Lindenwood took down top seed Central Florida in consecutive matches, beating the Knights 4-2 and 4-3, in the best-of-seven double-elimination format. Wichita State defeated McKendree, 4-3, to advance.

    Central Florida senior Brigette Harrelson was named Most Valuable Player in the women's division. Joining Harrelson on the women's All-Tournament Team was McKendree's Rebekah Diers, Erie Community College's Gina Maduri and Wichita State's Rocio Restrepo and Sandra Gongora. Diers won the Chris Stoehr Sportsmanship Award.


    2009 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships - Women's Semifinals


    Best-of-seven, double-elimination match play

    Wichita State def. McKendree, 4-3 (McKendree eliminated)
    (212-226, 192-191, 183-159, 166-231, 196-180, 173-190, 234-205)
    Lindenwood def. Central Florida, 4-2
    (179-178, 186-175, 201-160, 164-210, 223-234, 198-173)
    Lindenwood def. Central Florida, 4-3 (Central Florida eliminated)
    (150-213, 183-182, 200-170, 215-224, 155-207, 197-132, 189-165)

     


    2009 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships - Women's Championships


    Best-of-three, single-elimination

    Wichita State def. Lindenwood, 2-0
    (218-180, 197-156)

     


    Wichita State men defend USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships title


    2009ITCWichitaStateMen.jpgIn a matchup of the two most storied men's programs in the history of the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships, Wichita State defeated Saginaw Valley State on Saturday to win the national title.

    The Shockers won their second consecutive title and ninth overall, defeating the Cardinals 2-1 in the best-of-three championship match at The Cherry Bowl. Wichita State claimed the deciding game 180-156 to earn the Kerm Helmer Cup and deny Saginaw Valley State its fifth championship. The title match will air on CBS College Sports on June 3 at 8 p.m. EDT.

    Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images

    "This is such a great achievement, and I guess you could say our journey has paid off," Wichita State junior John Szczerbinski said. "We just try to put our hearts into every shot. We were not worried about making quality shots because all we can do is control our performance."

    Wichita State fell behind after losing the first game 212-185. Leading by one pin, Shockers anchor bowler Josh Blanchard had a chance to close out a victory for his team in the final frame, but left a 3-4-6-7 split.

    Lead-off bowler Will Barnes, the lone senior on Wichita State's team, turned things around the Shockers by striking to lead off the second game, propelling them to a 203-149 victory.

    "We didn't have much to lose after that first game, so we threw our shots and did what we were able to do," Barnes said. "I wanted to go out with a bang, so we did that but I couldn't have done it without the guys."

    The loss closed out a dominating tenure at the Intercollegiate Team Championships for Saginaw Valley State senior Dan MacLelland, who was honored with his third consecutive Most Valuable Player award.

    "It didn't go our way but I was glad to see that the two top teams in the country met for the title," said MacLelland, who led the Cardinals to the championship in 2007. "It's really emotional, but I just have to look forward. I will always be friends with these guys, and I'll probably be back here coaching next year."

    In the semifinals, the Wichita State men defeated Webber International twice Saturday to advance to the championship in the best-of-seven double-elimination format. The Shockers took the first match 4-1 and then advanced with a 4-2 victory. Saginaw Valley State swept Rochester Institute of Technology, 4-0, to make the final.

    Joining MacLelland on the men's All-Tournament Team was Wichita State's Josh Blanchard, Webber International's Marcelo Suartz, Rochester Institute of Technology's Dan Vick and North Dakota State's Eric Parvey. MacLelland also earned the Chris Stoehr Sportsmanship Award.

    The USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships featured the top 16 men's and top 16 women's college bowling teams in the country vying for national titles. All 32 teams competed in best-of-seven, double-elimination match play in the Baker format Friday, after which the field was pared down to four in both the men's and women's divisions.

     


    2009 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships - Women's Semifinals


    Best-of-seven, double-elimination match play

    Saginaw Valley State def. Rochester Institute of Technology, 4-0 (Rochester Institute of Technology eliminated)
    (223-152, 254-164, 250-171, 195-171)
    Wichita State def. Webber International, 4-1
    (246-141, 210-254, 247-224, 208-196, 212-192)
    Wichita State def. Webber International, 4-2 (Webber International eliminated)
    (180-182, 186-200, 254-165, 212-179, 246-196, 235-211)

     


    2009 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships - Women's Championships


    Best-of-three, single-elimination

    Wichita State def. Saginaw Valley State, 2-1
    (185-212, 203-149, 180-156)