MARIETTA, Ga. - Bowling six regular team games on Saturday and 24 Baker games on Sunday, the Forester women’s bowling of Ayla Yeiter, Brooke Ewing, Rachel Vogler, Lauren Smart, Emerald Leong, Shelby New, and Emily O’Leary team finished 5th in a Tier I event this weekend at the Brunswick Southern Collegiate Classic held at the Brunswick Zone in Marietta, GA.
Eighteen of the best teams from around the country competed. It was the first ever top five finish in a Tier I tournament for an HU bowling team.
The tournament was bowled on a very difficult 39' pattern. On Saturday HU started out slow with an 824 team game then got things going by posting scores of 879-996-924-891-921. They finished with a six game total of 5,435 and climbed into 5th place heading into Sunday's Baker matches.
After Saturday's six games, eventual tournament champion University of Pikeville was leading with 5,784 followed by Webber International (5,657), Lindenwood (6,621) and Emmanuel College (5,557). Huntington had a 237 pin lead over sixth place Campbellsville (5,198). Florida State was seventh with 5,178. Central Florida, Spring Hill College and University of the Cumberlands rounded out the top ten.
On Sunday, teams bowled 12 two-game Baker matches against another team, including two position rounds. The winner of each two-game match received an additional 30 bonus pins, or 15 pins for a tie.
The Foresters started with a 2-4 record and watched their 237-pin lead over Campbellsville dwindled to only a few pins. But HU bounced back in the final six matches to go 4-2 to finish 6-6 record and hold on to 5th place with 9,839 pins, only 20 pins in front of 6th place Florida State.
In the Baker matches, HU beat St. Catherine, Bethel, Morehead State, Spring Hill and the University of the Cumberlands while losing to Webber, Bellarmine, Cumberland, Pikeville and Florida State. They split 1-1 with Campbellsville.
Pikeville was the tournament champions with 10,722 pins followed by Lindenwood (10,291), Webber International (10,286) and Emmanuel College (10,159), HU (9,839) and Florida State (9,819). The Foresters finished 13th of 16 teams a year ago. This weekend’s performance was their fourth top five finish this season.
In individual competition on Saturday, bowled during the six regular games, junior Ayla Yeiter tied for 6th out of 119 bowlers with a 194.8 average and just missed making the All-Tournament team by just 19 pins. Her 221-225-223 in the afternoon was the highest three-games bowled in the tournament that set.
Ewing was 18th with a 177 average followed by New 22nd with a 174.8 average. O'Leary was 52nd (five-game average of 175.6). Vogler was substituted in on game three and averaged 206 (4 games) to finish 60th. Leong averaged 143.5 for two games for 114th and Smart took 118th by bowling a game of 168.
Individual places were based on total pins. High games for HU included Yeiter (191-221-225-223), Ewing (190-186), New (199-199), O'Leary (209-224) and Vogler (258-191-203).
On the men’s side, the HU team of Tyler Neff, Colin Madden, Joe Miller, Daniel Miller, Seth Walker, Connor Brown and Emilio Chantaca looked to improve on last year’s 16th place finish and did so by climbing a few spots to finish 13th this year.
In the first three games on Saturday morning, HU started with team games of 874-846-1016 to move into 10th place out of 22 teams. In the afternoon their scoring pace leveled off with games of 852-885-884 for a total of 5,357 and 15th place going into Sunday's 24 Baker match games.
The top five teams after Saturday were eventual tournament champion Pikeville(6,294), Morehead State(6,241), Ohio State(6,127), McKendree (6,045) and Lindenwood (5,926).
On Sunday, HU moved up the standings during the 12 two-game Baker matches. They had a record of 6-5-1 which included wins over Spring Hill, Ohio State, Missouri Baptist, Bellarmine and Union College. They lost to Morehead State, McKendree, Northern Kentucky, Pikeville, split with Lindsey Wilson and tied Bethel.
HU finished with a total score of 9,959 and 13th place. Pikeville won the men's title with 11,312 pins followed by Morehead State (11,110), McKendree (11,102), Ohio State (11,084) and Webber International (10,925).
In individual competition on Saturday, Connor Brown was 28th out of 150 bowlers with a six-game average of 193.3. Joe Miller was 35th with 188.6 and Seth Walker finished 58th with 167.5. Others bowlers included Jake Neely (76th, five-game average of 179.2), Daniel Miller (78th, five-game average of 176.6), Tyler Neff (144th, one game of 157) and Colin Madden (149th, one game of 124).
High games for the Foresters included Brown (212-213-200-201), Daniel Miller (190-201), Joe Miller (251-199) and Neely (207).
The Huntington University bowling teams have a week off before traveling to Adrian (MI) on Saturday, November 15, for the AC Open sponsored by Adrian College. A week later on November 22, they will travel to Rossford (OH) for the Bowling Green State University Falcon Classic.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 222 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.