Men End Run at USBC ITC
The Crimson Wave men’s bowling team ended their run for a USBC Intercollegiate Team Championship this weekend at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, NE.
The Crimson Wave were seeded third after the first session of positioning rounds. The Crimson Wave took their third seed into match play where they faced Midland College. The Crimson Wave jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead (232-176, 203-191 and 233-105). The men dropped game four 213-202. The men sealed the win with a 234-200 victory.
The Crimson Wave took on William Penn University in round two. The Crimson Wave fought to the end but were defeated by William in seven games 4-3. (178-188, 156-194, 238-213, 237-185, 190-265, 172-204.
The loss William Penn sent the Crimson Wave to the bottom side of the bracket where they faced Marian University in their hunt to get to the finals. The Crimson Wave opened the series with a game one loss 248-213. The men answered right back taking game two 237-167. In a high scoring game three Marian came out on top 280-262. Game four was another Crimson Wave win 224-215. Game five and six also belonged to CCSJ 284-236 and 247-181. In the final game Marian took put up a 224 with CCSJ falling just short with 216 ending their quest for an ITC title.
This was the Crimson Wave’s seventh straight appearance at the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships with their highest finish coming in 2010 where they were runners up.
Men Finish 2nd at the NAIA Bowling Invitational
The Crimson Wave men’s bowling team finished 2nd overall in the NAIA Bowling Invitational this weekend at the Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, IN. The double elimination tournament consisted of 24 men’s teams.
The Crimson Wave finished the seeding round in second place giving them a first round bye in match play. The men opened match play in the second round with a 3.5-1.5 win over Cumberland College. The win over Cumberland advanced the men to a third round win over Lawrence Tech 3-1 keeping them in the winner’s bracket and a night off.
The Crimson Wave came out Sunday morning taking care of business with an easy 3-0 win over Robert Morris University to advance to the semi-final round against Webber International University. The men seemed to keep getting better as the tournament went on as Webber was no match winning 3-0 to advance to the finals.
In the championship round the Crimson Wave faced Robert Morris University who sustained a loss from the Crimson Wave early on giving CCSJ the advantage as RMU would have to beat the Crimson Wave twice.
In the first series the Crimson Wave strategy that worked so well the first time around did not stay consistent and Robert Morris took the series 3-0, 223-157, 213-200 and 220-180.
In the second series of the championship round the Crimson Wave came out strong grabbing game one 211-179. Robert Morris would take the next two 263-235 and 236-222. CCSJ would bounce back in game four with a 222-188 win. The fifth game was championship worthy as the game came down to the tenth frame. The RMU anchor struck twice putting them eight pins ahead of CCSJ giving Robert Morris a 221-213 win.
“I am happy with our performance. We beat a lot of good teams and learned a lot about our team. It’s just hard being too excited about it, because we didn’t reach our goal of winning the invitational. We look forward to preparing for the USBC ITC in the coming weeks.” Said Head Coach Mike Kubacki
This is the second year in a row the Crimson Wave have finished second a the NAIA Bowling Invitational. The Crimson Wave will spend the coming weeks preparing for the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships in Lincoln, NE April 18-20.
Kubacki Named NAIA Men's Bowling Coach of the Year
Crimson Wave men’s bowling coach Mike Kubacki has been named NAIA Men’s Bowling Coach of the Year. Kubacki received the honors in Indianapolis, IN on Friday night at the annual NAIA Bowling Invitational Banquet on the opening night of the invitational. This is the first year of this award and the third annual NAIA Bowling Invitational.
“Getting the award is very satisfying given where are team was at before going to Las Vegas in December and looking at where we finished. This is just a testament that the decisions that we made were right. Though I could not have done this without my assistant Sammy, he has helped me in every aspect of the team this year. “Said Coach Mike Kubacki
There are a total of 37 men’s bowling teams in the NAIA. The NAIA Coaches Award is voted on by the members of the NAIA Bowling Coaches Association.
“Getting this award means I have learned a lot in my seven years. It means that every little bit we have taken from each year and tried to improve upon have added up. We have never been satisfied with how we coach; we always look for a better way to do things”. Said Kubacki
Kubacki has coached the Crimson Wave since the programs inaugural seven years ago. Kubacki took the Crimson Wave to the USBC ITC Championship in 2010 where the Crimson Wave finished second to Wichita State University. The Crimson Wave took second last season in the NAIA Invitational Tournament.