The women's bowling team wrapped up their regular season finishing 26th out of 50 teams in the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis, Indiana this past weekend. The team got off to a good start shooting an 893 and then struggled throughout the rest of the day on a very challenging short oil pattern. They would find themselves in 31st place after the first day of competition and only had three team games left to bowl on Sunday on a completely different oil pattern. With not a lot of time and a good amount of pins to make up, the team responded shooting three solid games of 860, 886, and capped off the day with their highest game of the tournament a 952. The team's three-game set would be the 10th highest set shot for the day and was enough to move them up five spots to finish 26th.
"Our goal was to finish top 20, but after we struggled on the short oil pattern, we just wanted to beat at least half of the field," commented head coach Jody Fetterhoff. "We came 29 pins short of that goal and were only 114 pins from 20th place."
The team was led by freshman Nicole Loomis and sophomore Chelsea Essenmacher who both finished in the top 60 out of a field of 330 bowlers. Loomis finished 54th with an average of 178.56 and Essenmacher placed 59th averaging a 176.89. Senior Nicole Corstange also had a good tournament finishing 73rd while averaging a 172.67.
The team will find out what sectional they will be assigned to on Wednesday at 4:00 PM and then they will travel to Warren, Ohio this weekend to compete in the American Heartland Conference Championship.