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VU Bowling lands top 10 finish in season opening event in Milwaukee, Wis.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Vincennes University Bowling Team finished ninth in its 2016-17 season-opening event over the weekend.

The Trailblazers competed Saturday and Sunday in the 42-team Hammer Midwest Collegiate in Milwaukee, WI, which was won by Webber International University.

“Overall, I was pleased with our performance the first time out this season,” VU Coach Gary Sparks said of his team’s effort that included improving five spots in the standings from Day 1 to Day 2. “The new guys had some good contributions; (freshmen) Nick Graveel and Jordan Henson both bowled very well the second day, and others had good games as well. It was a pretty strong field this year, so we had a chance to see how we might match up early on this season.”

Sparks said VU’s strong performance might have been even stronger if typical first-day problems hadn’t cropped up.

“We struggled a little bit the first day with transitions, but that’s almost always the case with tournaments at our level,” he added. “We were a little sluggish the second day; we started bowling at 7:45 a.m. and there will be times when we might start at 6:30 (a.m.) so we have to get used to that, but I already see a lot of good things coming out of this group. It’s still to be determined whether they have the work ethic to reach the level, but I think they can.”

The Trailblazers were led in total pins by sophomore Tommy Tkacz’ 1233 pins in six games (205 average). Sophomore Qwadaris Rembert had 1184 pins in six games bowled (197 average), while sophomore Nick Deaton had 1040 total pins in five games. That gave Deaton VU’s second highest average at 208 behind Henson’s 221 (887 total pins in four games bowled). Graveel had 602 total pins in three games bowled for a 200 average.

This is how the Trailblazers stacked up in total for the weekend:
NAME                          TOTAL PINS    AVERAGE
Tommy Tkacz               1233                  205,
Qwadaris Rembert        1184                  197,
Nick Deaton                  1040                  208,
Jordan Henson              887                     221,
Tyler Perry                    761                     190
Nick Graveel                602                     200, and,
Connor Hickey             322                     161.

Webber International racked up a score of 10182 for the victory. VU finished with a score of 9429. After Webber’s top performance, the rest of the top 10 was:
2.     Midland University (10111)
3.     Calumet College of St Joseph (10022)
4.     McKendree University (9783)
5.     Notre Dame College (9764)
6.     Robert Morris University - Illinois (9741)
7.     St Ambrose University (9592)
8.     Lindenwood University (9442)
9.     VU (9429)
10.    Lawrence Technological University (9396).

VU’s next scheduled tournament is the Oct. 8 and 9 Western Shootout in Indianapolis.

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