Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
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.
Fresh off their win at the Trailblazer, CCSJ bowled a solid first day on a very competitive 44ft pattern. Competing against 78 of the best college bowling schools from around the country, the Crimson Wave would be one use their consistency to their advantage and placed 7th after the first day.
The Hoosier Classic is known for having some of the toughest lane conditions college players ever see and this year didn’t disappoint. They changed the pattern for the second day to a very demanding 36ft pattern. These drastic differences made many players confused as they tried to figure out how to play the lanes. However, Junior Matt Kuba would lead CCSJ the entire tournament until the last game. Matt Kuba bowled very well as he averaged 218 for the event finishing 3rd out of over 400 bowlers. Matt Kuba earned the Hoosier Classic All-Tournament Team. With Matt’s great bowling, CCSJ would continue to climb and would finish qualifying in fifth place. This placed CCSJ into the top twelve match play final where they would face Fresno State.
CCSJ would lose the first game of a best two out of three but would come roaring back and win the next two and win the match 2-1. This then placed CCSJ against number one seed Lindenwood. CCSJ made some costly mistakes missing three spares and would struggle to carry on some great pocket shots and would lose to Lindenwood 2-0 finishing in the top eight.
Also on this mega college weekend of bowling, some of the CCSJ men competed in the Hoosier Eliminator which is a singles competition with over 300 entries. Mitch Katic who won this event as a freshman, would make a great run all the way to the final 8 and would fall just short finishing second overall.
The Crimson Wave will return to action next month when they compete in the USBC Sectionals on March 13th-15th.
CCSJ was the high seed after day one. The Crimson Wave battled Purdue, Marian University, and Vincennes University all day but had their best four game baker set of the year with a 979 in games 9-12. This gave CCSJ a 250 pin lead going in the last block of qualifying which was needed as Vincennes University would make up 200 pins.
Earning the top seed for match play would prove critical as lane choice became vital in each match. CCSJ competed in best three out of five match play. Getting a first round bye, CCSJ found themselves bowling against Indiana University and beat them 3-1. Up next was Marion University in the semifinals. Marian University has beaten CCSJ the last two matches they have bowled but this time CCSJ came away with the 3-1 win.
In the championship match, CCSJ had a classic five game match against Vincennes University and won 3-2. In this match, having lane choice was critical because every game was won on the left lane.
The JV squad did well beating Purdue University as well. The Crimson Wave JV team went 3-2 and then lost to Vincennes JV 3-0.
Individually, Alex Clark averaged 217 and was third overall making the All-Tournament Team. Freshman Michael Davidson was sixth overall with a 209 average and had his best tournament overall making significant contributions during baker competition. He also performed in the anchor spot when CCSJ beat Indiana University.
The Crimson Wave will return to action on February 14th and 15th when they compete in the Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis, Indiana.