Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
The classic consisted of 36 teams competing, with the top 8 teams qualifying for match play after 6 regular team games on Saturday and 16 baker games on Sunday. After Saturday’s regular team game competition, the Crimson Wave were in 7th place on the strength of solid individual performances by several players:
Briana Billsborough (Sr.) 194 avg. (219 high game)
Candice Tovo (So.) 188 avg. (218 high game)
Kelsy Toth (Sr.) 185 avg. (232 high game)
Kayla Riffle (Sr.) 180 avg. (206 high game)
Alyssa Bogolin (So.) 178 avg. (201 high game)
Kelly Rusnack (So.) 170 avg. (256 high game)
Porsche Chartrand (Fr.) 170 avg. (210 high game)
CCSJ continued to bowl well on day two while improving there position during the baker portion of the event to qualify in 6th place. In match play, the ladies were defeated by Robert Morris (Springfield, IL) 2-1 in the first round (best of 3 Baker games).
Senior Kelsy Toth led the team with a near-All-Tournament team performance, finishing in 7th place individually on Saturday’s demanding 36’ oil pattern. She continued her fine shot-making all throughout Sunday’s baker games as well. Freshman Carla Washington continues to impress, as she finished second in team scoring. Along with her individual performance on Saturday, Carla only opened twice among her 24 baker frames on Sunday; including, several clean finishes in the anchor position. Other notable performances came from Seniors Stephanie Briggs, Kayla Riffle and Victoria Borowski who were their usual steady self.
Kelsy Toth (Sr.) – 188.4 avg.
Carla Washington (Fr.) – 179.6 avg.
Stephanie Briggs (Sr.) – 176.6 avg.
Kayla Riffle (Sr.) – 171.2 avg.
Victoria Borowski (Sr.) – 170.5 avg.
Up next for the Crimson Wave is the Leatherneck Classic in Davenport, IA hosted by Western Illinois.
The Crimson Wave had three players participate in the event. Junior Stephanie Briggs was the highest individual finisher as she placed 28th overall with an average of 200 for the six game event. There were 145 bowlers competing.
The ladies got off to a slow start in the initial 16 baker game block as they found themselves in last place halfway through day one. CCSJ recovered quite well in the second block, jumping five places to finish the first day in 12th place. That second block was highlighted by a 220 average over the final 12 games. CCSJ began day two with another solid block in the tournament’s third set, moving up one more spot into 11th place as they entered the final block. In the final 16 game block, CCSJ would go on to finish the event in 12th place.
“Individually, Stephanie Briggs had a solid event, making good shots throughout. Her 200.0 average and 28th Place finish in the singles event is very respectable. Team-wise, our first 16 game block dug us a huge hole to try and climb out of. After that first set, we recovered very well, and began to bowl up to our capability. We continued to bowl well the remainder of the event. If we would have bowled that first set (16 games) as we did the remaining three sets (48 games), we would have been right in the mix for the final qualifying spot all the way to the end. The extremely slow start we had just put us in a tough spot. The ladies never gave up, though, and I’m very proud of the way they battled back the rest of the way,” said Coach Vania.
The women’s team will return to action on March 29th and 30th as they compete in the NAIA Invitational.