Vincennes University Trailblazer Bowling Team

2015-16 Vincennes University Athletics Visiting Team Guide (PDF)




TOURNAMENT: Orange and Black Classic 


DATE: 10/13-10/14 

Vincennes showed their true colors this weekend with a much better performance overall. The team stayed in the top 5 the entire time while even grabbing the lead a few times throughout the 5 qualifying games and 16 baker games on day 2. Tyler Perry once again showed us his experience and determination to go after it which lead him to his 3rd all-tournament team and another 1st place finish individually. The comment was made that, " He just keeps getting it done." and that has without a doubt shown true. Perry averaged 220.8 for 5 games which highlights him as one of college bowling's top players currently. Senior Tyler Lewis sniffed 1st place individually for a few games before transition struck which brought him to a 198.8 average for 5 games followed by Ryan Benslay averaging 196.8 (5 games). The team finished in 2nd place our of 38 teams for qualifying. This tournament we got to experience our first bracket format which was best of 5 baker games. We faced Concordia University who we overcame with a 3-1 victory. Up next we caught Lindenwood University where our run ended in a 3-1 loss and our gave us a 3rd-4th finish in the bracket. Our JV team fought back day 2 after being out of the bracket by over 200 pins and cut their deficit to just 45 pins. Not an easy feat by any means which just shows the learning continued.  

Coaches Comments: 

This weekend was refreshing to see. Many teams struggled on this pattern while we managed to excel. There was still pins left out there and it's bitter sweet to be so close to our first win of the year. However, I believe this will only fuel the desire for improvement so we can take care of business at our next event in Smyrna ,Tennessee.  


Other Players Stats 


Hunter Stevens - 189.4(5 Games) 

Tyler Lewis - 173.3 (3 Games)  

Connor Hickey - 164.40 (5 Games) 


Zach Mason - 174.40 (5 Games)

Keaton Green - 172.4 (5 Games)

Joshua Taylor - 163.6 (5 Games)

Michael Whiteside - 150.6 (5 Games) 

Garrett Cartwright - 144.80 (5 Games)



TOURNAMENT: Midwest Collegiate  

LOCATION: Milwaukee, WI 

DATE: 10/6-10/7 

This was Vincennes University's first Tier 1 event of the season held in Milwaukee. Tier 1 tournaments bring high levels of competition as well as give the teams a good understanding of where they sit overall. Considered to be a higher scoring affair in the season schedule, we knew we had to look at throwing plenty of strike while still filling the frames with spares. Tyler Perry lead the team once again while grabbing a 2nd place finish individually averaging 231.6 for 6 games. Behind Tyler was Sophmore Joshua Taylor 218.5 for his 6 games followed by Ryan Benslay averaging 197 (6 games). This helped get the team to a 17th place finish out of 40 teams. 

Coaches Comments: 

This tournament showed many things both positive and areas to be worked on. As a whole, the team showed some improvements in spare shooting but left more to be desired. We have a habit of shying away when the scores trend higher. In some respects it adds more pressure to perform which ultimately can tighten up the swings and cause players to try and force the strikes to come rather than focus on the process. A big part of the process is needing to see differences in ball reaction when moving pair to pair or even lane to lane. It's still very early in the season and a crucial part of competing is learning when we go to these events and I am sure that our players have done that every time we step out there.  


Other Players Stats 


Hunter Stevens - 193 ( 4 Games) 

Tyler Lewis - 181.75 (4 Games) 

Connor Hickey - 173.3 (3 Games)  

Isaac Wake - 169 (1 Game) 


LOCATION: Lafayette, IN 

DATE: 9/29 - 9/30 

The Vincennes University Men's bowling team tackled their first event of the season in Lafayette, IN. While day one showed some rust in competing on tough lane conditions, VU's Tyler Perry (Senior) still lead the entrire field individually grabbing his first all-tournament team award while averaging just over 210 for his 5 game block. Following behind Perry was fellow senior, Ryan Benslay averaging 193.4 (5 games) and freshman Isaac Wake 180.3 (3 games). Vincennes Varsity grabbed a 10th place finish out of the 18 team field.  

Other Players Stats 


Tyler Lewis - 173.3 (3 Games)  

Connor Hickey - 162.00 (5 Games) 

Hunter Stevens - 144.00 (4 Games) 



Joshua Taylor - 171.6 (5 Games) 

Keaton Green - 160.4 (5 Games) 

Zach Mason - 144.00 (5 Games) 

Michael Whiteside - 139.6 (5 Games) 

Garrett Cartwright - 138.00 (5 Games) 


Coaches Comments: 

With it being our first tournament of the season and my first year as head coach, I knew it was going to take more than just my words to convince the players what was needed to compete at the level we expect. Spares are an essential component in competing and seeing the actual statistics was going to be necessary in highlighting what improvements needed to be made. Our Varsity did a good job in keeping their composure while working through some of the rust. That is something we all talked about going into the tournament and I feel it helped save a few pins out there for us. For the JV team this was all a brand new experience as college bowling is a completely different animal from what they're use to. You could definitely see the nerves but I'm confident they gained the much needed knowledge to move forward.