SAU women's bowling team
SAU women's bowling team
Bowling - Sun, Oct. 8, 2017

The women bowlers of St. Ambrose continue their incredible early season form. This past weekend, they competed in the Midwest Collegiate Classic in Wauwatosa, Wis., and came away victorious. The title represented the first Tier 1 victory, and easily the most prestigious tournament win in the nine-season history of St. Ambrose bowling. Tier 1 tournaments are double-point events, drawing the biggest and most talented fields in collegiate competition.

"These ladies believe in themselves, and they trust each other," women's coach Craig Crawford commented after the victory.

After six games of team play on Saturday, the ladies found themselves in third place, just 57 pins out of the lead, held by Lindenwood University. On Sunday, they caught fire immediately, posting a huge 880 four-game baker set to immediately jump into the lead. The Bees finished with a 3192 16-game baker total, which brought their 46-game total to 9102, securing the victory by 97 pins over runner-up Lindenwood University (9005). Notre Dame College (8824) was third, followed by Newman University (8790) in fourth place, and Robert Morris Illinois (8767) in fifth place.

Individually, freshman Natalie Koprowitz continued her amazing start to the season. She took first place with 1300 for her six games on Saturday.  Junior Kayla Crawford also made the All-Tournament Team; she finished fourth with 1267 for her six games.

Other team members were Kaitlyn Keith (1137-six games), Michaela Kelly (1128-six games), Miranda Rodriguez (696-four games), Brittany Breedlove (225-one game), Hayley Ryan (157-one game) and Jackie Peters.

Men finish fifth

The men's squad also found themselves in contention this weekend, as they eventually finished fifth.

They posted a 6511 score for Saturday's six team games, which positioned them in second place, behind leader Notre Dame College by just 44 pins. They struggled to keep up with the scoring pace on Sunday, registering a 3167 for their 16 baker games, which dropped them into fifth place. Calumet College of St. Joseph dominated during Sunday's baker competition, and won the event with 10,050. Notre Dame College (9988) finished second, with Midland University (9863) third, Wisconsin Whitewater (9809) in fourth, followed by St. Ambrose.

Junior Brent Boho made the All-Tournament Team; he finished fourth with a total of 1381 for his six games on Saturday. Other team members were Nate Stubler (1337-six games), Alex Denton (1274-six games), Brenden Sramek (849-four games), Anthony Dodge (633-three games), Billy Hibbard (608-three games), Brandon Dodge (429-two games) and Blake Eldridge.

Both squads compete in the Western Shootout in Indianapolis on October 20-21.