Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
The Intercollegiate Team Championships is the final sixteen teams that qualified through the USBC sectional qualifiers.
The first day of competition saw the Crimson Wave struggle during qualifying and would finish 8th out of the 16 teams to gain the 8th seed heading into match. This seeding position would match CCSJ against the 9th seeded Webber international in the first round of match play .
Webber would go up 3-1 in this match but CCSJ with their no quits attitude would battle back and win the next three games to win the match in seven 4-3. This would send CCSJ into round two against Midland. Midland quickly jumped out to a 3-1 lead. CCSJ would win game five but Midland would take game six and the win 4-2 giving CCSJ its first loss.
In the second day of competition the Crimson Wave found themselves in the contenders bracket where they would defeat Purdue University 4-1 and then sweep #2 ranked team in the country McKendree University and the #7 ranked University of Wisconsin Whitewater 4-0 to advance into the final four of the USBC National Championship.
The Crimson Wave would again match up against Midland University. The two teams have faced one another throughout the major events this season and the National Championship would be no different. The Crimson Wave defeated Midland in the first round 4.5 to 1.5. However, the loss was Midland's first loss of the double-elimination tournament.
The two teams would battle each other a second round to earn the chance to play in the National Championship match. The Crimson Wave ran out of gas and fell short to Midland 4-1. The loss gave the CCJS a 3rd place finish which is the team's second best finish at the USBC National Tournament and the farthest they have ever advanced in the contenders bracket in their 9 year history.
Senior Mitch Katic earned USBC ITC All-Tournament honors while junior Matt Kuba earned NCBCA All-American Honorable Mention recognition for his strong play through the season.
The Crimson Wave men dominated qualifying, taking the top spot in both 12 game blocks, by 128 pins and by 208 pins over Robert Morris #1 the number one team in the country but the three seed in this event.
The Crimson Wave opened match play with a bye putting them up against Aquinas College in round two. Aquinas qualified for the NAIA Invitational winning the WHAC conference. This match was extremely tough as Aquinas would win the first match 202-173, but then CCSJ found its line and would win the next three 237-224, 215-205, and 258-199. “Aquinas coached by pro bowler Charlie Tapp were well prepared and brought out the best in us.” Said Head Coach Mike Kubacki
The win over Aquinas matched CCSJ against Clarke. This would prove to be a tough match as CCSJ would win 190-188, then lose game two 228-222. The Crimson Wave would come back to win game three 208-169. The men went on to lose game four and five 189-182 and 206-202.
The loss to Aquinas would put CCSJ in the contenders bracket to face Martin Methodist. CCSJ would grab an easy victory over Martin Methodist 264-103, 235-191, and 203-171.
The win would put them up against number two-ranked team in the country and in the tournament Webber International. After a game one loss 189-186, the Crimson Wave would go onto win the next three 215-156, 212-190, and 203-193.
The win over Weber International advanced the Crimson Wave into the final six teams and where they would face a very tough Midland University team.
CCSJ would win game one 258-188, lose game two 244-218. The men bounced back winning game three 254-175 but lost game four 203-224 forcing a fifth game. The men would lose a heartbreaker in game five 228-227.
The Crimson Wave got off to a slow start and the men found themselves battling. Last year in sectionals, CCSJ came out with a perfect 300 game. This year CCSJ had zero after the first frame. “The entire first day was full of challenges and confusion as we would throw 13 gutter balls and miss many makeable spares, but in the 32nd game of the first day, the no quits mantra that our program is known for dug deep and bowled a 245,” said Coach Kubacki.
In spite of this slow start, CCSJ was only in sixth place. CCSJ was 80 pins out of the cut line as they averaged 196 for the day. Going into day two, CCSJ knew starting fast was a key and they did start better averaging 201 for the first 8 games but then really got hot averaging 214 as a team for the next 20 games. The Crimson Wave would go from being right at the cut line, to moving almost to second place. In the last round, CCSJ would run out of gas but still held firmly onto third place and advanced to the ITC finals for the ninth straight season. This is the longest current streak in college bowling from inception of a program.