For the last several weeks, the men and women of the University of St. Francis Bowling program have been preparing for postseason action. Following a stretch of four tournaments in six weeks, the Saints look to advance to the Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC) once again. Last year, both teams reached the national tournament together for the first time in program history. The women have made the trip to the national tournament on four separate occasions, including a third place finish in their first trip!
On February 17, both teams qualified for bracket play at the 50 annual Hoosier Classic. Coming off a second place finish a few weeks prior, the men rounded out the tournament in fourth place against a field of 78 teams. Unfortunately, the men fell short in bracket play to fellow NAIA school William Penn two games to one. As the regular season has wrapped up, the men jumped to the top 20 in the national rankings and will be heading to the sectional tournament in hopes of making their second trip to the ITC Tournament.
The Lady Saints picked up arguably the biggest win in USF Bowling’s short history at the Hoosier Classic. Up against a field of 66, the ladies from Joliet snuck into bracket play, qualifying seventh with the top eight making the bracket. In round one, the ladies faced off against the number two qualifier and the top ranked team in the country, Lindenwood University. They swept them in two games. Round two resulted in another sweep against Indiana Tech which lined them up for the championship match against collegiate bowling powerhouse, Webber International. The Saints went on to win the match and tournament in four games.
Both teams will be heading to Addison, Illinois for sectionals. After sectionals, USF will travel to Topeka, Kansas for the NAIA National Invitational. If they qualify for ITC Nationals, they will head to Dayton, Ohio for the week long tournament.