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HU women take 2nd at Cardinal Classic, men finish 4th

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MUNCIE, Ind. The HU bowling teams opened up their season this weekend at the Ball State University Cardinal Classic at Munsee Lanes where the women finished second for the second straight year and the men claimed fourth.

For the women, eight varsity teams and three JV teams bowled 20 Baker games on Saturday and 20 on Sunday. Based on total pins, HU finished 78 pins behind tournament champion and national power Wright State.

Struggling out of the gate on the tough 40-foot pattern during the first eight Baker games on Saturday, the Foresters found themselves in third place behind Wright State and last year's champion Bowling Green.

All that changed in the third four-game set when HU bowlers, Emerald Leong, Brook Ewing, Shelby New, Emily O'Leary, Ayla Yeiter and Casandra Griffith, let the lanes come to them as evidenced by rolling a tournament high four-game Baker set of 826 and jumping into the lead.

When all the dust had settled on Saturday, HU held a 111-pin lead (3458) over second place Wright State (3569) and a 191-pin lead over Bowling Green (3378) while host Ball State was in fourth place, 405 pins back.

Sunday's lane condition was 46 feet of heavy oil, a much different lower scoring condition than Saturday. The Foresters bowled against Wright State in the first four Baker games, beating them and extending their lead to 145 pins after 24 games.

Unfortunately, the final 16 games was a different story. With the tough scoring conditions, all teams had to grind it out. Wright State scrapped and clawed back frame by frame while spares became more difficult for HU.

After 32 games, HU's lead had dropped to just seven pins. Wright State took the lead for good in the 33rd game and Huntington just couldn't match the Raiders' experience down the stretch. Wright State finished with 7054 pins followed by HU (6976), Bowling Green (6709), Ball State (6278), Youngstown State (6073), Indiana State (5544), Northern Kentucky (5461) and University of Illinois (5247).

As the Cardinal Classic defending champions, the Forester men finished fourth behind Wright State, Ball State and Bowling Green. Competing against eight other teams for the title, HU got off also got off to a slow start to end up in the middle of the pack after the first eight Baker games.

The third set proved to be the best set of the tournament for Tyler Neff, Connor Brown, Daniel Miller, Joe Miller, Adam Harris-Shoemaker and Seth Walker as they jumped into second place but by the end of Saturday, the men had fallen back to fourth place with a 3479 pins Wright State's 3914, Ball State's 3583 and Bowling Green's 3565.

On Sunday, the conditions took a toll on HU's shot-making. HU shot 3258 on Sunday which was enough to keep them in fourth place with a 6737 total. Wright State won with 7446 pins followed by Ball State (7152), Bowling Green (6790), HU (6737), Illinois (6612), Youngstown State (6534), Indiana State (6408), Northern Kentucky (6242) and Miami of Ohio (5477).

In JV action, the HU men's team of Jake Neely, Jess Meyers, Colin Madden, Derek Beckler, James Knapp and Emilio Chantaca rolled a total of 6979 pins, the fourth highest score in the tournament but runner-up to the Wright State JV team with 7190.

The Forester women's JV team of Rachel Vogler, Julia Walton, Ciara Lovell, Lauren Smart and Reba Morehouse led the JV tournament for much of Saturday before finishing third with 5575 behind Wright State's 5996 and Bowling Green's 5971.

"It was a good first tournament for all our bowlers, especially on some of the toughest scoring conditions we will bowl on this year," said Coach Bischoff. "We have certainly improved over last year in some areas and there were a lot of positives we can take away from this weekend, but it also showed what opportunities we have to become much better."

This weekend the Huntington University bowling teams make their first trip to Wauwatosa (Wis.) to compete in the 1 Midwest Collegiate Classic at AMF Bowlero Lanes.