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VU Bowling Gains Momentum Heading Into Sectionals with Strong Showing at Hoosier Classic

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The #28 nationally ranked Vincennes University Bowling team continued their strong push towards the sectional tournament with a 6th place finish out of 78 teams across all divisions at the Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis this weekend.

The bowling squad got off to a rough start, and after the first 4 team games, they sat in 48th place. Coach Sparks managed to sit his guys down, get them to refocus, and after the 5th and 6th team games on Saturday, they had moved all the way up to 16th place.

Sunday started a 15-game stretch of baker games for the Trailblazers, something that Coach Sparks really felt the team could excel at. It did not take long for the VU Bowling squad to reaffirm that notion, and after the first two baker games, they moved from 16th-to-10th, sitting just outside of the top 8 spots required to move on to the final bracket.

In the 3rd baker game, VU would bowl the 2nd highest combined score of the entire tournament, and the highest score of any team in the 3rd game. They would move into the top 8, advance on to the final bracket, and bowl their way to a 6th place finish out of 78 schools.

Individual Scores for VU Bowlers were as follows:

Nick Graveel             6 games;  1242 total pins;  207 average
Tommy Tkacz            6 games;  1210 total pins;  201 average
Tyler Perry                4 games;   808 total pins;   202 average
Shawn Gibson          4 games;   783 total pins;   195 average
Qwadaris Rembert    4 games;   731 total pins;  182 average
Nick Deaton              4 games;   624 total pins:   156 average
Ryan Benslay            2 games;   441 total pins;   220 average

High Series -  Nick Graveel  657
High Game -  Tyler Perry      256

After the competition Coach Sparks said, “This is the best tier 1 field that we face all year, and we really wanted to use this to prepare us for our sectionals, and hopefully the Intercollegiate National Championships. I really hope our guys use this to gain some confidence heading into sectionals, and realize that they can be one of those teams at the Intercollegiate National tournament. When the lane conditions are right, they can bowl with anybody.”

VU Bowling will be back in action March 10th-12th in one of the four sectional sites. Tentatively, Coach Sparks believes they will be bowling at Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tennessee; however, the site participants will not be released until next Tuesday. About 20 teams will compete at each sectional site, with the top 4 teams, 16 total from all 4 sectionals, moving on to the Intercollegiate National Championships in Baton Rouge, Louisiana April 18th-20th!

For full results see: http://www.collegebowling.com/events/tstd.asp?Evt=E00202016MV

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