Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
The Crimson Wave started slow and found themselves in 30th place after the first two games. After game three, Matt Kuba got it going as he helped CCSJ climb all the way back to 9th place as day one came to an end. Day two, the Crimson Wave dropped down to twelfth place which was right on the cut line as they entered game nine of the tournament. CCSJ got put into a position where they needed to bowl at good match to make the final cut. The Crimson Wave responded bowling their best game of the tournament with a score of 1,059. In doing so, they even passed top ranked Wichita State for an 11th place finish in qualifying play.
CCSJ ended up falling to Saginaw Valley State 2-0 which ended the tournament for the Crimson Wave. Sophomore Matt Kuba averaged 209 which was good enough for a ninth place finish out of nearly 400 bowlers.
The Crimson Wave will return to action in a month as they compete in the USBC Sectionals March 14th-16th.
It was quite a roller coaster ride through the standings at this year’s Baker Tournament. After the first two blocks on Saturday afternoon, CCSJ found themselves outside of the top ten and really struggling to figure out the lanes. However in set 3, the Crimson Wave would start their climb up the ranks. By the end of day 1, CCSJ fought their way back to third place.
CCSJ got off to a fast start on day two by bowling their best Baker Block of the season shooting 907 as they approached the first place lead. The Crimson Wave would get within twenty pins from first place. Unfortunately, CCSJ would struggle on the second set for the second day in a row and never really recovered as they finished the tournament in fifth place.
“This was a very competitive field and it showed the minute you struggled as a team. The good teams in this field would out score you and you would slip in the standings. The team’s successes and failures at this event were very team oriented because at times, we were great as a team and at times really struggled. In all, we had four different players bowl in the anchor position which is a good sign to have that many players that are capable of handling the anchor position,” said Coach Kubacki.
The Crimson Wave will return to action when travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in the Hoosier Classic on February 15th and 16th.
The Crimson Wave did well in the first day of competition by staying consistent by staying between 969 and 999 for their high and low. Ryan Burks led the way with a 208 average on day one. CCSJ would find themselves in 12th place as day one came to a close.
During the second day, Mitch Katic led the way with a 209 average. Freshman Lucas Ferrando provided a big spark from the bench by coming in to average 212 with a limited contribution throughout both days. Coach Kubacki made some adjustments in the second day as CCSJ began to climb up the ranks to get to 9th place. The Crimson Wave went on to struggle in the final came and ended the event with a 13th place finish.
The Crimson Wave men’s bowling team will return to action next month when they compete in the McKendree Baker Classic in Fairview Heights, Illinois on February 1st and 2nd.