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Josh Anderson
Josh Anderson
Men's Bowling
April 10, 2015

Hometown: Muscatine, Iowa
High School: Muscatine
Major: Marketing with a minor in Management

Josh Anderson believes a book deserves some of the credit for his upcoming appearance at the xBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships.

"I was reading a book about the mental game and it talked about setting high goals," Anderson said. "So I thought, 'Why not?' And I made it a goal to make it to Nationals."

And that lofty goal came true.

The St. Ambrose junior qualified for the 28-player men's national tournament by finishing third out of 201 bowlers at a sectional qualifier in mid-March. Anderson and Aretha Williams, who will be competing for the women's crown, are just the second and third Bee bowlers to compete at the national singles tournament. Teammate Joe Kopera qualified as a freshman in 2013.

With a game based on lots of speed and revolutions, Anderson got off to a fast start thanks to a longer pattern. That put him in contention early at the sectional competed in Addison, Ill., and then that same book helped him seal the deal.

After opening the six-game series with a 241, Anderson followed with games of 170, 253 and 233 to climb near the top of the leaderboard.

"It's funny because I didn't look how I was doing until the fourth or fifth game. I look up and I'm second at the time and it's like, 'Wow.'

"Then I start thinking about it and I don't strike for like seven straight shots. I'm telling myself, 'Don't collapse, don't collapse.' I thought back to that book and it talked about focus and how to relax, and that's what I did. And I strung together the last six in a row to close it out."

Finishing with a 209 and a 218 gave Anderson a 1324 series, 55 pins ahead of the eighth-place finisher. The top seven qualified for nationals.

And now Anderson prepares for Tuesday's tournament to be bowled at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan. Qualifying and three rounds of match play will take place Tuesday with the televised semifinal and championship rounds competed that Saturday.

"I just don't want to embarrass myself," Anderson said. "There are so many good bowlers, I just want to have a good showing and represent the school and program well. I'd love to make the semis but I'm not sure how realistic that is. I'm really going in blind."

It will be bittersweet for Anderson to compete as an individual at nationals while the highly-ranked SAU men's team came up short in qualifying for a chance at the team title. The Bees, with top-10 finishes in each of their 12 tournaments this year, placed sixth at sectionals, two spots short of a qualifying bid.

"We had high hopes. We knew we had the talent and on paper, we were one of the top four in the sectional. We were so consistent all year and I feel we were one of the top-10 teams in the country. And that's the hardest part, I know we should be there.

"It stinks that I'm going and the team isn't going with me. It's cool as a side thing and I'm happy it happened, but ideally, I wanted the whole team to go."

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