DAYTON, Ohio - The Adrian College women's bowling team concluded their fall season finishing third out of 21 teams at the Raider Classic hosted by Wright State University. The team got off to a great start shooting a 928 and ended the day firing off the program's highest team game with a 976. Adrian was led by junior Kristen Marcis and sophomore Chelsea Essenmacher. Marcis averaged a 200.8 and finished in second place out of 128 bowlers, while Essenmacher would place fifth averaging a 197.6. Sophomore Emily Gesell also turned in a solid performance placing 24th with a 180.4 average. The team would average a 183.44 for five team games and found themselves sitting in fourth place after day one.
Heading into the second day of competition, Adrian only trailed first place Pikeville by 126 pins. With 20 more baker games to go, the team was determined to make a run. They started off strong shooting three solid sets averaging 184.25 over 12 games cutting Pikeville's lead to only 67 pins. The team let up a little the last two sets and finished third overall, which was enough to make it to the Eliminator Round where they would face off against #1 seeded Pikeville, #2 Wright State and the #4 seed Martin Methodist.
Each team would bowl four baker games across four different lanes and the top two totals from the four baker games would make it to the Championship match. Despite coming off their lowest two baker sets the team rebounded and strung the last five strikes in a row for a 210 to take the early lead. After throwing two more solid games of 193 and 190, the team was only nine pins from first place Wright State and had a 14-pin lead over third place Pikeville. Adrian would shoot a 183 their last game while Pikeville got hot and threw a 233 game to take the #1 seed, knocking Adrian out of the Championship match.
"While we would've loved to make it to the Championship match, the team bowled by far the best I have ever seen them bowl in a tournament," said head coach Jody Fetterhoff. "We came really close to beating two of the best programs in the nation in Pikeville University and Wright State University and the team set new programs records in six different categories. The team also had two more bowlers make the All-Tournament Team which brings the team's total up to seven and we are only half way into our season. Our finish in this tournament should improve our national ranking and gives us a ton of confidence heading into the spring."
The team will start back up in January and look to improve upon last year's fifth place finish at the Hoinke Bearcat Classic.