Women’s bowling takes first place at Mid States Championship

Oct 25, 2023
Women's bowling - Courtesy of Richard Rico
Women's bowling - Courtesy of Richard Rico

By Newman University Athletics

Newman University women’s bowling competed in the Mid States Championship Oct. 21-22 hosted by the Jets and Wichita State University at Bowlero Northrock in Wichita.

The team rallied throughout the day and managed to finish in third place after day one. 

The event featured six team games on Saturday followed by 20 baker games on Sunday. Multiple bowlers combine to bowl one game in baker games.

The Newman team was one of the top eight teams that made the cut to a best-of-five match until a champion was determined. The women’s team was led by junior Vanessa Noftsier who averaged 194.2 and finished seventh in the individual standings.

Sunday brought more consistent bowling for the Jets who made a late push around WSU and finished in second place heading into match play. 

The Jets drew the seventh-seeded Lindenwood University in the first round of head-to-head matches. The Jets were down 0-2 to start the match against Lindenwood but staged a big comeback and won the next three games, winning the match 3-2 to move on to the semis. 

The Jets drew Ottawa University and made quick work of the Braves, winning the match 3-0. The Jets then moved to the finals to face No. 6 USBC Collegiate-ranked Mount Mercy University. 

The Jets started the match shooting a 211 but lost the game to a 220 by the Mustangs. The Jets eventually won three straight games and won both the match and the Mid States Championship. 

“This is a wonderful start to the season,” said men’s coach Billy Murphy. “Coach Kayla Bandy is doing a great job with the development of our ladies and we are getting better every day.”

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