Lady V-Hawks upset by St. Ambrose at MCC Tournament

By Dani Templin

Sports Editor

After the first day of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament the V-Hawks were in first place with 5712 total pins. Senior Rachel Schalow won the individual title with a 193 average.

The Viterbo women’s bowling team, the top seed, was upset on day two of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament, with a 2-1 loss to fifth-seeded St. Ambrose.

The Viterbo University women’s bowling team has had its ups and downs this season, but one thing has remained consistent: the play of senior Rachel Schalow.

The lady V-Hawk bowlers opened up the season with a strong show­ing at the Midwest Bowling Cham­pionships, finishing 9th out of 30 teams. However, in their next tour­nament, the lady V-Hawks failed to place in the top 10, placing 15th out of 30 teams at the Leatherneck Invitational.

Schalow believes the ups and downs earlier in the season came from the pressure and mental as­pect of the sport.

“We always seem to do well during the individual and baker portions, but when it comes down to the match play rounds, we can’t pull it together under the pressure,” said Schalow. “We have struggled with the mental game of bowling. When we get frustrated, we have a hard time letting go of the previous shot or game.”

Over the past four tournaments, the lady V-Hawks have remained steady, with their lowest finish of 9th place at the Eagles Baker Chal­lenge on Jan. 13.

“Lately we have been realizing we need to have fun and not take the sport too seriously,” Schalow stated. “Helping one another to read the lanes and adjust to the changing conditions, as well as building each others’ confidence on and off the lanes has led us to be successful recently.”

In their most recent tournament on Jan. 27, the team hosted and won their tournament, the V-Hawk Invitational.

Schalow considered the V-Hawk Invitational a great opportunity for the team to show their skills to the Viterbo community.

“It gives our team a chance to show our fellow students and fac­ulty how collegiate bowling works, and to show our passion and dedi­cation we have put into this team,” Schalow said.

Schalow believes the atmosphere of a home tournament aided the team in their strong finish.

“The atmosphere was quite dif­ferent because we are not used to students and other faculty coming to our tournaments because the distance is usually too far,” Schalow stated. “It feels great to have a sup­port system cheering us on from be­hind the lanes giving us that extra momentum that we needed.”

Schalow’s individual season has paralleled that of the teams. Open­ing up the season, Schalow aver­aged a 181 and a 185 in the first two tournaments, both personal lows for the season. However, over the past three tournaments Schalow has stepped up. Her best average of a 218 and an individual 3rd place finish took place at the Warhawk Invitational on Dec. 2.

Schalow and the lady V-Hawk bowling team will finish up their regular season competition on Feb. 17 at the Hoosier Classic in India­napolis, in which top teams from all across the country will be compet­ing.

With her senior year coming to an end, Schalow contributes much of her success over the past four years to those around her.

“My success through my col­legiate years has come through the confidence and support of my teammates, coaches and family,” Schalow said. “I will greatly miss college bowling, along with the friendships that I have made, all the trips and places I had the opportu­nity to go on and see.”

Schalow acknowledged she will miss wearing the Viterbo jersey and the bittersweet moments of victory, but bowling will always be a part of her life, even after college.

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