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LTU men finish third, women are fourth in WHAC bowling championships

Release Date: February 17, 2014

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Brian Busch

By Josh Lance

The Blue Devil bowling teams wrapped up Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference play in impressive fashion at the WHAC Championships Feb. 7-8.

The men’s team started off with a 3.5-2.5 win over Indiana Tech. After dropping their next match to second-ranked Davenport by a score of 3-2, the Blue Devils rebounded with a 3-2 win of their own over Siena Heights. This gave them a matchup against Concordia for a chance to play in the finals, but the Cardinals were too much for LTU, which lost 3-0. The third-place finish in the tournament was good enough for the men’s team to finish tied in first place in the overall standings.

The Lady Blue Devils were able to leave the tournament with a fourth-place finish. They opened play against Aquinas and won the match, 3-1. They faced Davenport in the next round and lost, 3-1, but were able to beat Siena Heights, 3-1, in the following match. The Blue Devils were unable to pull off the upset against third-ranked Northwestern Ohio, falling, 3-1. The fourth-place finish in the championships gave Lawrence Tech a tie for third place in the overall standings.

The end of conference play saw several Blue Devils win individual WHAC honors. Sophomore Bridget Moricz made the All-Conference First Team, finishing the season with an average score of 192.06. Another sophomore, Haley Hysell, made the All-Conference Honorable Mention team with an average score of 185.88. Moricz also made the Champions of Character team for showing outstanding sportsmanship and integrity.

Freshman Brian Busch made the men’s All-Conference First Team, averaging 213.13 per game, and Freshman Blake Nottle made the All-Conference Honorable Mention team, averaging 206.80 per game. Maxwell Alestra, a sophomore, made the Champions of Character team, and Senior Joe Polizzi made the All-Academic team.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will finish their season on March 29-30 when they head to Indianapolis for the NAIA National Championships.