Men’s bowling season comes to an end

By Dani Templin
Sports Editor
The V-Hawk men’s bowling team has been consistent this year, plac¬ing in the middle of the pack at var-ious tournaments this season. The V-Hawks’ best team performance this year came at home when they hosted the V-Hawk Invitational at Pla-Mor Lanes on Jan. 27, capturing the title.
Among the top performers at the invitational was senior Matt Krueger, who finished fourth and also made the all-tournament team with a score of 656. Fellow team¬mates, T.J. York and Rob Warren also made the all-tournament team.
Krueger believes the team this year has had one of their best sea¬sons in the program’s short history.
“I believe that our team has ac¬complished a lot this year,” Krueger stated. “We won the first tourna-ment in program history (at our home tournament) in a dominating fashion, and we have come close at a few more tournaments.”
One of the close tournaments the V-Hawks had was when they com¬peted in the Midwest Collegiate Conference on Feb. 9-10. It was the second straight year in which the V-Hawks lost in the conference final to St. Ambrose University.
At the tournament, Krueger took home more honors and was named to the MCC All-Conference First Team.
Krueger admits his success didn’t begin just this season. Last spring Krueger found his stride.
“I worked on my game with my dad a lot over winter break last year and came out very confident,” Krueger told Lumen.
Krueger’s confidence carried into the final tournaments of last season, where he qualified for the national tournament.
“Being one of the final 24 men left in the nation, competing for a championship feels great,” Krueger stated. “It felt even better when I made it to the top eight. I know what that feels like and I want the team to feel that as well as myself again.”
Krueger also worked on his bowl¬ing game in the offseason, bowling in various tournaments within his hometown of Green Bay. As well as working on his game and work¬ing with one of the best bowling coaches in the country, Krueger consulted a sports psychologist to help him make some changes.
As well as being one of the top performers on the team, the senior has taken on a leadership role with fellow senior Greg Pizl.
“The experience from the seniors, especially Greg and I, really help the underclassmen,” Krueger said. “Greg and I have lots of experi¬ence on the lanes, and it shows in this year’s team with the two of us coaching and giving tips in practice and at tournaments.”
Although Krueger has accumu¬lated many individual awards and has been successful this season, he hopes to improve at the sectional tournament and qualify for the national tournament in his final season.
“I want to go out with a bang in both team and singles competition,” Krueger stated. “I want to leave it all on the lanes with no regrets. I owe my success to the hard work that I have put into my game over the last year. There is also that fact that I want to go back to nationals and make up for what I did not accomplish last year, to win an indi¬vidual championship for Viterbo.”
The V-Hawks will compete in the sectional tournament in Allentown, Penn. Mar. 9-10 as one of 20 teams. If the team finishes in the top four, they will advance to the national tournament in April in Lincoln, Neb. Many of the teams competing at the tournament are ranked in the top 25 nationally.

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