February 23, 2013

AHIBC Recap

The women's bowling team shot a 1,454 for eight games to give them the sixth-seed heading into the double elimination bracket at the AHIBC Conference Championships. In their first match, they would face the No. 11 seed Bowling Green State University's "B" team. Adrian got off to a good start winning game one of the best-of-five baker game match. Bowling Green rebounded to take games two and three winning by a narrow margin, 183-178 and 164-162. Adrian fought back winning game four, 180-161, to force a game five. Game five came down to the tenth frame and a bad break resulted in a 4-9 split and Bowling Green capitalized winning 193-178. 

Adrian would move into the second chance bracket to take on the No. 14 seed Eastern Michigan. Adrian got hot and never looked back winning the match in three games with scores of 210, 198 and 193. In the next round, Adrian would face the No. 1 seed and the eighth ranked team in the nation, Wright State University. Adrian took game one winning 204-188. It appeared that the left lane was the better of the two with each team winning convincingly on that lane. Adrian would bowl game five on the left lane, but both teams had difficulty carrying the last game. Adrian finished first and Wright state only needed nine pins to win. Their anchor threw an eight-count and then barely got the one pin she needed for them to take the game 158-157 and win the match.

"It's frustrating losing to a team we should've beat, but then the team rebounded to almost beat one of the best teams in the nation," said head coach Jody Fetterhoff. "We had a tough draw facing them so early, but it still gives us confidence knowing we took them to five games. Our spare shooting wasn't where it needed to be and we need to fix that before we head down to sectionals in a week or so. Sectionals are 64 baker games and the team has shown all season long that we bowl better in bakers than team games. I expect us to make a good run and try to make our first trip to nationals."