The East girls bowling team is pumped about its 7-1 dual meet record, the best posting by an East girls team. However, with that success comes heightened expectations, and a 75-pin loss to Heights on Monday left a bad taste heading into the City League tournament.
"We're a little upset after our loss to Heights but everyone is coming to our house (Thunderbird Bowl) so we think we're going to dominate this weekend," East senior Alyssa Utz said.
Utz, like the rest of the team, is looking forward to Saturday's City League tournament. Heights may be undefeated, but East has the confidence to compete at a high level.
"My girls and I feel like we can bring the City League trophy home to East," coach Teresa Hall said. "We are confident that we can beat both Heights and Bishop Carroll."
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Utz said the team is ready.
"We've really come together," Utz said. "We work really well together and get together outside of practice and meets. We actually bonded this year, which is different than any other year. I think that's why we're doing so good this year."
Derby has chance to dominate — Derby coach John Nichols expects nothing less than a league championship from his girls and thinks the boys team will push Maize and Goddard in the AV-CTL championship.
The Derby girls team, led by junior Ashley Hare and her 204 average, is tops in the AV-CTL with a 12-1 record. The boys (10-3) trail Maize and Goddard and have a senior leader in Trevor Knuth.
"To be competitive we're going to have to bowl somewhere in the 2700s because that's what the Maize and Goddard boys are bowling," Nichols said. "On the girls side, our only loss has been to Maize. Expectations are high from the girls perspective."
Nichols said this girls team is bowling 200-300 pins better than previous teams.
"The very first meet we bowled a 2300," Nichols said. "We've been consistently bowling over 2000. Going in there we expect to do well."