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HU wraps up 2017 at National Collegiate Team Match Games

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Fairview Heights, Ill. - The Huntington University bowling team was in action at the National Collegiate Team Match Games over Thanksgiving weekend. The tournament was the second of four tier one events with a unique format in that every game is a match against four other schools with bonus pins awarded for beating your opponents.

HU battled hard against some of the premiere bowling schools in the country and ended up with a 12th and 11th place finishes for the men and women’s teams respectively.

The HU men had a roller coaster weekend with a few highs and a few lows. Austin Schultz led the team with an individual six-game average of 207 and a 9th place finish in singles. Huntington scored a total of 5,683 pins on Saturday and added an additional 3,803 pins on Sunday. They earned 925 bonus pins which brought the total to 10,411 pins for the weekend.

“Overall as a team, we just missed too many opportunities to gain on the teams at the top by not winning the available bonus pins,” said Coach Mike Shockey.

The Forester women were paced by Brianna Cearbaugh with a 192 average for six games.

“Brianna has been one of most consistent players this year. She has worked really hard on her mental game,” said Shockey. “She has done a really good job this season at not getting too high or too low mentally.”

HU scored 5,158 pins on Saturday and followed that with 3,457 pins on Sunday in addition to claiming 850 bonus pins for a total of 9,465 pins for the two-day event.

“The ladies suffered much in the same way as the men, just too many missed opportunities to gain pins on the teams at the top,” noted Shockey. “We struggled some with the lane transition and missed spares which cost them a top level finish.”

HU is now off until the new year when they compete in the Buckeye Baker Classic on January 13-14.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 274 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.