Women’s bowling wins runner up at GLVC Championships

Mar 28, 2024
Newman Jets Athletics bowling women give high fives after achieving runners up status at the GLVC Championships.
Newman women's bowling give high fives after achieving runners up status at the GLVC Championships.

This story was originally written and published on the Newman Jets Athletics site on March 26.

The Newman University women’s bowling team competed at its second-ever Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) tournament March 24, making it to the championship round against Maryville University. 

Prior to the tournament, postseason honors were announced. In all, 15 student-athletes from across the league earned All-GLVC recognition, while six were named GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award honorees. Newman was also honored with the GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Team Award.

The All-Conference awards are nominated and voted on by league coaches, who, per GLVC bylaws, are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Newman University junior Kensley Morris and University of Central Missouri junior Andrea Perez Perez joined a Maryville Saints trio on the All-GLVC First Team.

A complete list of the 2023-24 All-GLVC teams and postseason honors can be found below.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Anna Maxwell, Jr., Maryville #
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Morgan Brunner, Maryville
COACH OF THE YEAR: Lauren Russo, Maryville

Andrea Perez Perez, Jr., UCM
Laura Bartelt, Sr., MU
Natalie Heltne, Sr., MU
Anna Maxwell, Jr., MU # Kensley Morris, Jr., NEW
# Unanimous Selection
Bree Heathscott, Gr., UCM
DeAlani Fishbeck, Sr., LEWIS
Brianna Schmidt, Sr., MU
Lexus Petrich, Jr., MCK Alexis Shea, Fr., NEW
Carolina Alvarado, Jr., LEWIS
Erica Lohr, Sr., LEWIS
Kaitlyn Cavender, Jr., MU
Rhian Dobinson, Sr., MCK
Alexa Tieto, Gr., MCK

GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award honorees

  • Bree Heathscott, UCM
  • Katharine Svehla, LEWIS
  • Natalie Heltne, MU
  • Miranda Emery, MCK
  • Carianne Takeuchi, NEW
  • Jessica Ladd, QU

No. 2 Newman (1004, 1045) def. No. 3 McKendree (920, 892), 2-0

Facing off with McKendree, the Jets were able to defeat the Bearcats handily to open tournament play. Kassidy Miller notched a 226 game and led the Jets in the traditional format round, helping the Jets win the first leg, 1004-920. In the Baker leg, Newman averaged 209 pins a game, including two 230-plus games. 

No. 2 Newman (1080, 960, 4) def. No. 1 Maryville (1055, 982, 1), 2-1

On March 23, the Jets squared off with top-seeded Maryville. Saturday’s meeting was the first of three times that the two faced off in the tournament. Four Newman players reached the 200 mark in the traditional round, with Alexis Shea (248) and Carianne Takeuchi (244) leading the way. The Saints earned a narrow victory in the five-game baker round, winning 982-960, but a strong response from the Jets, shooting 195-plus in all five games of the best-of-seven Baker, propelled them to their second consecutive GLVC Championship appearance and a shot at an automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament. 

MATCH 10 (Championship)

No. 1 Maryville (900, 1065, 4.5) def. No. 2 Newman (930, 917, 2.5), 2-1

On March 24, the Saints set up a rematch with Newman after defeating Lewis in the elimination round. The Jets started the championship round with a 30-pin traditional victory, with Kassidy Miller posting a 234 individual mark. However, Maryville took the final two legs of the megamatch, forcing a winner-take-all best-of-seven Baker series to decide the GLVC’s champion.

Best-of-Seven Baker Series (if necessary match)

No. 1 Maryville def. No. 2 Newman, 4-0

Maryville captured the championship crown over the Jets with a 4-0 series win.

Two Jets, Kassidy Miller and Alexis Shea were named to the all-tournament team. The pair made up two of six bowlers at the tournament to be named with the honors.

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