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ANDERSON, Ind. - The Huntington University bowling teams’ season came to a close Saturday afternoon as both the men’s and women’s squads were eliminated from the NAIA National Invitational Team Tournament in the third round.

The top 20 NAIA men’s and women’s teams descended on Championship Lanes in Anderson, IN, for the national finals over the weekend. It was the fourth straight trip for the Forester women while the HU men will be competing in the team championships for the first time.

On Friday, all teams bowled 24 Baker games (six 4-game sets). Based on Friday’s scores, teams were then seeded for Saturday’s double elimination Baker matches with the top 12 seeds from Friday’s qualifying each receiving a bye to the second round. Each head-to-head matchup was the best three out of five Baker games.

The HU men’s team of Connor Brown, Jess Meyers, Seth Walker, Derek Beckler, Jake Neely, Daniel Miller, Joe Miller and David Miller rolled a total qualifying score of 4419 on Friday and were seeded 15th for the finals on Saturday where they went 1-2.

They defeated Lindsey Wilson College 3-0 (181-168-237 vs 133-145-163) in first round action but fell to 2nd-seeded Webber International 3-1 (173-223-193-178 vs 180-197-247-222). The loss sent them into the loser’s bracket where they lost to Pikeville 3-1 (188-185-162-148 vs 138-197-213-196) in an elimination round.

The Forester women’s team consisting of Ayla Yeiter, Rachel Vogler, Abigail Atkins, Shelby New, Brianna Cearbaugh, Heidi Tucker and Brooke Ewing were the 16th seed heading into Saturday after rolling a total score of 4279 on Friday.

Huntington defeated the University of the Cumberlands 3-0 (178-174-179 vs 145-118-177) in their opening round to advance against top-seeded Webber International. They suffered a 3-1 loss (187-156-153-174 vs 158-190-224-214) to move to the loser’s bracket against Mount Mercy. The match stretched to five games before HU lost 3-2 (222-167-223-172-160 vs 200-198-166-219-214) eliminating them from the tournament. 

Robert Morris (IL) won both the men’s and women’s titles.

On Friday night at the NAIA Recognition Banquet, junior Shelby New was named to the NAIA All-American Second Team for the second straight year as voted on by the coaches. New registered the 14th highest overall average with 194.73 and an overall tournament differential of 24.84 (average compared with the tournament fields). She had the 19th highest Tier 1 average at 194.79 and 8th highest Tier 1 average differential at 22.82. A total of ten players were selected to the First and Second All-America Teams.

Five Foresters were also recognized at Friday night’s banquet for their success in the classroom. Colin Madden, Joseph Mitchell, Daniel Miller, Joe Miller, Abigail Atkins and Heidi Tucker were named Academic All-Americans.

For complete results for the men’s bracket, click here.
For complete results for the women’s bracket, click here.
For complete results on Friday’s qualifier, click here.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.