Wichta State’s men’s and women’s teams each topped qualifying on Wednesday at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships in Reno, Nev., but each team was knocked off during the opening rounds of match play Wednesday evening.
The WSU women amassed 4,803 pins during 24 qualifying games, finishing 22 ahead of second-place Robert Morris (Ill.). Newman placed fourth in women’s qualifying with a 4,619 total. The top 16 teams advanced to match play, where the Shockers took on Bellarmine and Newman took on Adrian. WSU beat Bellarmine 4-3, but was defeated by Pikeville 4-2. The loss sends WSU to the losers bracket, where it will face Midland on Thursday morning in the double-elimination tournament.
Newman was knocked out, losing to Adrian 4-1 and to Midland 4-3.
The Shocker men finished qualifying with 4,926 pins, a total that included a 300 game in the 22nd game of qualifying. McKendree was second with 4,809.
The top seed proved little help for WSU in a 4-0 loss to No. 16 Fresno State in the first round of match play. WSU beat Marian 4-1 in the losers bracket and will face Webber on Thursday morning.
Both WSU squads need to win four consecutive matches Thursday to advance to Friday’s final.
Three WSU bowlers advanced to the individual semifinals during Monday’s match play. The individual semifinals and final will take place Friday. WSU junior Heather Melvin and senior Tannya Roumimper will square off in a women’s semifinal; in men’s competition WSU junior Francois Lavoie will take on Webber’s Gabriel Garcia-Rinelli.