LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Midland University’s No. 3-ranked women’s bowling team came away with a runner-up finish at the 2019 Glen Carlson Las Vegas Open. The men’s team, currently ranked No. 7, finished their tournament in a tie for ninth place. The two day event that completed on Thursday is the first of two tournaments for the Warriors in Las Vegas to end 2019.
The Lady Warriors were the fifth-seed after nine rounds of qualifying. In their quarterfinal match they defeated 4th-seed Webber International in five games (195-187, 200-236, 177-206, 201-158, 212-181). In the semifinals they were pitted against top-seeded Wichita State. In that round the Warriors once again had to go the distance, winning a highly contested five game match (224-234, 194-181, 172-178, 209-204, 211-204).
In the championship the Warriors took the first game of the match 263-216 from sixth-seed Saint Xavier but then dropped the next two, 227-215 and 214-169, putting them on the brink of elimination. They were able to push the Saints to a winner-take-all game but ultimately lost by ten pins, 215-205.
On the men’s side of the tournament the Warriors were one of 16 teams to reach bracket play from a field of 42 teams. Midland qualified with a pin fall of 9,002. As the 12th-seed they were paired with 5th-seed Calumet.
The Warriors would fall to the Crimson Wave in four games (265-256, 234-257, 169-214, 217-256) to finish in a tie for ninth place in the tournament.
Midland is back in action on Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas as they compete in the annual Collegiate Shoot-Out. The women will compete in a field of 27 teams while the men will bowl against a field 40 teams. Competition gets underway on December 20 at the Gold Coast Bowling Center.