Dukes Finish Fifth at Sectionals
March 14, 2017
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne bowling capped its inaugural season with a fifth-place finish at the 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships Sectional Qualifier in Allentown, Pa. over the weekend.
The Dukes, who turned in their highest tournament average of the season at 184.46 over 64 baker games, finished 80 pins shy of qualifying for the Intercollegiate Team Championships.
The four teams that qualified out of Allentown were all nationally ranked: No. 2 Webber International (ITC), No. 9 Maryland-Eastern Shore (NTCA), No. 9 Wright State (ITC) and No. 10 Notre Dame College (ITC).
The Sectional format consisted of 64 baker games over two days. Each team bowled four blocks of 16 games. There were 32 games bowled per day with 16 on a fresh oil pattern and another 16 on the burn. The Dukes started slowly on the fresh pattern on day one, but as the pattern broke down, the team excelled, shooting 1,884 and averaging 209.33 in the final nine games to finish day one in fourth place.
With just 41 pins separating the Dukes from fifth-place Emmanuel (ranked No. 7) and sixth-place Notre Dame College, DU shot 2,203 in its first 12 games on the fresh oil - 114 pins better than day one.
DU struggled in the third block, posting its low four-game total for the tournament to fall to sixth place, 238 pins out of fourth.
The team - knowing it needed a huge set to get back into contention - rolled games of 230, 169, 247, 264 for a 910 total in games 53 to 56.
The 264 was the highest game bowled on the women's side for the entire tournament and the team's highest baker game of the season. The Dukes shot 746 to move into fourth place heading into the last four games, giving them a 14- and 19-pin leads over Notre Dame College and Emmanuel respectively. Notre Dame got hot at the right time and rolled an 808, while the Dukes put up a 714 to finish in fifth place.
"We were disappointed to miss Nationals by such a small margin," said head coach Jody Fetterhoff. "Our performance in Allentown gave us a huge boost of confidence as well as belief that we can be a great program ... and we will get there. Not many people outside of this team believed we would be in position to go to Nationals with four games to go in our first season. This team fought and will only get better in those situations. With everyone returning and the recruiting class coming in next year, this program's future is very bright."