The Newman women’s bowling team qualified last out of 16 teams at last year’s USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships, then proceeded to defeat No. 1 seed Central Florida.
“I think knowing that even though we did qualify in 16th, as long as we keep trying and keep pushing no matter what we can come back and put our name out there,” Newman senior Lindsey Roberts said. “Just because we started off bad, there’s always a chance for everybody. Nobody’s out of it, ever.”
The team lost in the following two rounds and tied for ninth place, but Newman will use last year’s experience as motivation while it competes again this year starting today in Lincoln, Neb.
“They had a really good chance to go further last year, I think that’s a motivating factor,” Newman coach Billy Murphy said. “Our expectation is to try to win a national championship; that was our goal since the beginning of the year.”
This season, the Newman women’s team won its first tournament in the program’s history. The team was not satisfied with one win, finishing first in three of its last five tournaments.
The team will make an appearance at the ITC for the eighth time in the nine-year history of the program.
“I honestly think they just need to keep doing what they’ve been doing. This group has a lot of fun when they bowl and when they’re having fun that’s when we bowl the best,” Murphy said. “When they’re bowling they enjoy each other, and they enjoy the competition. It’s just another tournament and we’re trying to win it. “
This year’s team will approach the national tournament with added motivation, after its achievements through this season and senior leadership from Roberts and teammate Georgia Drewes.
“We have built a name for ourselves, especially this year,” Roberts said. “It’s a huge boost of confidence, because we’ve always had the talent and we’ve always had the passion to want to win, but this time we finally put it together. We’re just trying to keep that momentum going especially going into postseason.”
Newman has a mixture of underclassmen on the team that it will upon for success.
“The cool thing about this team is just from a chemistry mix. They all have defined roles and they’ve done a good job at mixing in,” Murphy said. “In our team’s philosophy, we really don’t focus on one person, it’s whoever is showing up; that’s how we look at it.”