LINCOLN, Neb. – Midland University’s men’s bowling season came to an end Friday after the Warriors lost for the second time in the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships at Sun Valley Lanes. Midland finished ninth in the 16-team field.
The Warriors entered match play seeded sixth after rolling a total of 4,798 pins in 24 Baker games during competition on Thursday.
Midland knocked off SCAD-Savannah in the first-round of the double-elimination bracket competition, winning the best-of-seven series 4-2. The Warriors moved into the consolation bracket after losing in the second round to No. 3 seed McKendree, 4-1.
The men were seeded 6th after a long grueling day of qualifying (24 Baker games). “We got off to a slow start in qualifying, but we kept after it,” Coach Bill Holbrook said. “Even though it was a grind pretty much all day, we climbed up to the sixth seed for the double-elimination bracket play.”
In Friday’s third-round match, the Warriors got down 3-0 to No. 7 seed William Paterson but then won the next three to force a deciding seventh game. William Paterson would hold on, though, to win the series.
“Our men did not quit. They continued to compete and battle each and every frame,” Holbrook said. “In Game 7, it was a tight match through the first five frames, but we just came up short of being able to pull off the comeback.”
McKendree, the No. 4 seed, defeated Robert Morris in the best-of-five series for the national championship.
Midland had qualified for the national tournament with a second-place finish in the USBC Sectional Qualifier in Dallas. The Warriors were first in the Ebonite Warhawk Open, third in the NAIA Invitational tournament, third in the Midwest Bowling Championships, and fourth in the Collegiate Shoot-Out this season.
“This group of men has grown so much this season. They have learned a lot about themselves and their teammates and are beginning to see what they are capable of,” Holbrook said. “We do not graduate a single senior from this team. I am very proud of this group of guys.”