Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
The Crimson Wave were led during qualifying by senior Mitch Katic with a 207 average that gave him a 9th place finish individually.
CCSJ qualified in 3rd place in there respective division, for the match play portion of the tournament. The Crimson Wave first took on Culver Stockton and took the victory in the first two games of the best of 3 match. CCSJ would go on to beat Newman University in two games as well.
Unfortunately the CCSJ momentum would die down as they lost tough back-to-back three game matches. The first lose came at the hands of McKendree and then to the same Newman team they just defeated. The Crimson Wave performance landed the team a 5th place finish in this overall demanding field.
Dakota Daniels led the junior varsity squad with a 214 average that placed him 6th overall and first among junior varsity competitors. The CCSJ junior varsity squad also qualified in third in their division for match play.
The junior varsity squad would also go on to finish 5th in their division after winning their first match 2 games to 1 and then losing a tough 3 game match to Lindenwood Belleville junior varsity and a match against Lindenwood University junior varsity.
This is one of the strongest tier two competitions the program will compete in this season. This event saw 40 of the best bowling programs in the country.
Looking at last seasons 16th place finish, this seasons 8th place finish was much improvement from last season.
The classics lane conditions were the most challenging this seasons team has faced so far, along with the competitiveness of the field made for a very tough event for the CCSJ men.
Starting slowly CCSJ found themselves in 14th place after the first three games of competition. The men would continue to battle and would put together a good second three game block led by Joseph Bowers as he came off the bench and put together a set of 683 for his last three games. This solid second set would move the men up to 8th place. This was a critical advancement, as the top 8 teams after the second days baker set would qualify for the match play portion of the event.
Throughout the second day of competition the Crimson Wave men would rally slightly moving up to seventh place. However, down the stretch CCSJ men would struggle and barely hold on and qualify for match play in the eighth position. The eighth qualifying spot would put CCSJ up against number one seed McKendree University.
McKendree was too good on this day and would defeat CCSJ men 202-190 and 234-189. Bowers was the high average individual for CCSJ as he averaged 211 individually.
After the first day of competition, the Crimson Wave were sitting in 8th place. The men looked to climb the ladder in day two and would go on to finish the event in 5th place out of forty teams.
Facing just twelve team baker games, CCSJ would average 205 on the challenging 37ft pattern. CCSJ would pass up Purdue University, UW Whitewater, and Notre Dame College to find their 5th place finish.
Leading the charge for the Crimson Wave was senior Mitch Katic who averaged 208 and finished 8th individually. Junior Matt Kuba averaged 207 and was 13th overall.
The men will return to action on October 18th and 19th when they compete in the Orange and Black Classic in Dayton, Ohio.