SMYRNA, Tenn. -- The women's bowling team looking to advance to their very first nationals appearance came up just one spot shy and finished fifth out of 17 teams on Sunday at Smyrna Bowl. Sectionals consists of 64 baker games over two days with the top four teams advancing to nationals along with the 12 other teams from the three other Sectional sites. Adrian got off to a great start, averaging 178.75 for the first eight games. Despite the good start, the team faltered and dug themselves into a big hole. After day one they found themselves in tenth place, 555 pins from the cut.
Adrian refused to give up and shot 3,023 for the third block which was the second highest total amongst all of the teams that block. They would move up three spots to seventh place with only 16 baker games to go.
"After day one, the team knew it would be a long shot to make the cut, so we made a new goal to get up to sixth place," said head coach Jody Fetterhoff. "Then they had such a great third block we knew we had to make a run at fifth place."
The team trailed Florida State the No. 14 ranked team in the nation by 164 pins heading into the last block. Adrian was up for the challenge and shot a 1,490 over the next eight games to take over fifth place and clinched it in their last eight games.
Adrian shot the third highest total for day two with a 5,890 trailing only the first and second place finishers. The team bowled 597 pins better than the first day which would be good enough for second place in the college bowling record books for second day improvement at any womens' Sectional.
"I'm extremely proud of how the team didn't give up and fought until the very last game," added Fetterhoff. "To go from 10th to fifth in only 32 bakers games and then beat three teams that were ranked higher than us is outstanding. Had we not had such a bad first day, we probably would've made our first nationals. That part is frustrating but we know we have the potential to do it and are proving to ourselves everyday that we will get there."