Updated On January 24, 2017
The Squad got off to a rough start on November 14h at the Leatherneck Classic finishing in 16th out of 26 teams. As a team they finished with 7,904 pins in the six regular games and four sets of Baker Play. Bailey Palmer paced the Statesmen with an average of 174.7 pins during the six games. Palmer was closely followed by Stephanie Adams who finished with an average of 173.3 for six games as well. Amber Oval and Audra Farley both participated in four rounds and finished with an average of 165.3 and 163.0 respectively.
Palmer had a another great round at the Ebonite Warhawk Open finishing in the top five to pace the squad to finish in fifth out of 20 teams. Palmer had an average of 199.3 in the six games. Adams and Ovel both played in all six rounds as well and had a 177.5 pin average and 172.7. Freshman Nicole Craft played in four games and was able to come out with a 163.8 average. Senior, MacKenzie Boyd had three starts and finished with a 201.3 average.
During winter break, the squad travelled to the Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational. The squad just missed out on bracket play, finishing just seven pins short of being bracket play. Even though the squad missed bracket play, they finished in 9th out of 22 teams. Junior Briell Newberry lead the squad placing in 16th with a 187.2 average. Adams was not far behind in 18th place, with a 186.6 average and she too was closely follow by fellow teammate Bailey Palmer. Palmer finished in 20th with an average of 186.1 pins.
While in Las Vegas, the squad also competed in the Las Vegas Collegiate Shoot-Out. During the Shoot-Out the Statesmen were able to finish in sixth out of 22 teams. Briell Newberry completed the best single game in program history for the William Penn’s Women’s bowling team, scoring a 298 in the second round. Newberry owned the a 209.5 average with her record breaker and finished in 10th palace in the tournament. Although, Palmer actually topped the field for the Statesmen with a 211.7 average for the Shoot-Out finish in seventh out of 145 competitors. Finishing up the varsity squad was Mackenzie Boyd with a 189.2 average and Amber Ovel with a 181.2 average and Nicole Craft owned a 178.5 average.
To begin the spring semester, and their second half of the season. The squad was ranked in 21st following the poll on January 19th, 2017.
In the first tournament back from winter break, WPU finished in 16th out of 54 teams at the Kegel/ISBPA Midwest Collegiate Classic on January 21st/January 22nd. Leading the squad was Palmer with a owned a 207.8 average which was good enough to earn her a fourth place finish. With the fourth place finished, Palmer was named to the all-tournament team. Craft averaged a 179.3 in four games, Newberry had a 183 average in there, and Boyd finished with a 174.7 in three games as well.
With the winter season upon us, the Women’s Bowling team has beg
un to make progress in what is looking to be a promising season. With seven freshmen this year, and only 2 seniors, the Statesmen team is full of young talent looking to gain experience this year. The seniors on the team are having to step up and help teach this young crew how to bowl with experience. Sophomore, Amber Ovel, from Waterloo, Iowa said, “we have some good incoming freshman who have been good assets for the team.”
A recent competition took place in Cedar Rapids on November 1, at the Five Seasons Classic hosted by Mount Mercy, with the Statesmen coming in third place out of nine teams. Senior, Stephanie Adams, who was recently named
to Canada’s 2017 Adult Team by the Canadian Tenpin Federation High Performance Committee. Hit a 209.4 mark during the Cedar Rapids tournament, which placed her fifth and helped guide the Statesmen in qualifying, her contributions to the team will be crucial throughout the season.
Ovel, who is in her second season with the Statesmen is confident about the team’s chances of making it to nationals this year.
“I think we can. This is the strongest team we have had in awhile,” said Ovel.
The women’s bowling team looks to develop more experience and continue to grow as a team as they compete is more tournaments throughout the season.