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Bowling - Sun, Nov. 27, 2016

It was a successful weekend for the men's and women's bowling teams, as both rolled to fourth-place finishes at the prestigious Tier 1 National Match Games.

Held at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Ill., the men were in top form for Saturday's traditional team game format, knocking down more pins than all teams, and settling into second place as a result of the match play format. They trailed Wichita State by just 89 pins heading into Sunday's baker play. After 20 baker games, they slid into fourth place.

The men totaled 6418 pins on Saturday for six games, and added 3984 for 20 baker games on Sunday. This 8402 scratch total, combined with 1050 bonus pins gave them a grand total of 11452. Wichita State won with 11964; they were followed by Lindenwood University (11754) and Wright State (11754). A total of 22 varsity teams competed in the men's division.

Senior Kyle Krol led the team with a ninth-place finish (1316 - six games). He was followed by freshman Billy Hibbard (14th place - 1277 - six games), and sophomore Brent Boho (17th place - 1270 - six games). Other team members included Russell Deer (719 - three games), Jordan Nunn (648 - three games), Anthony Dodge (620 - three games), Brenden Sramek (568 - three games) and Alex Denton.

The women's team also finished fourth with a total of 10877. Wichita State won the event with 11737, and they were followed by McKendree Univesity (11088) and Grand View University (10966).

The lady keglers scored 5810 for their six team games on Saturday, placing them in fifth place. On Sunday, the moved up with a 3967 20-game baker total, and combined with 1100 bonus pins, they reached a total of 11737, which moved them up a spot into fourth place in the 18-team women's varsity division.

Sophomore Kayla Crawford paced the women with a fifth-place showing, earning her a spot on the All Tournament Team. She totaled 1256 pins for her six games. She was followed by senior Katie Maher (13th place - 1178 - six games), Michaela Kelly (21st place - 1138 - six games), Kaitlyn Keith (748 - four games), Brittany Breedlove (556 - three games), Kayla Ewing (428 - two games), Miranda Rodriguez (358 - two games), and Hayley Ryan (148 - one game).

Both squads compete this coming weekend at the Warhawk Open in Madison, Wis.