By Mike DeVader, CCSJ Assistant AD of Sports Information & Communications
SMYRNA, Tenn. – The Crimson Wave men's bowling team is heading back to the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team/Singles Championships after standing alone at the top of the standings following the two-day Intercollegiate Team Championships Sectionals on March 11-12 in Tennessee.
The finish marks the 11th-consecutive season CCSJ has qualified for the Finals in men's bowling – which currently stands as the longest streak in the country – now that Lindenwood failed to earn a spot in the tournament set to take place on April 18-22 in Baton Rouge, La.
Calumet won Sectionals with a 1st-place finish (12,731 pins) out of 18 competing schools.
"This is the third time in school history we have won a Sectional title, and this is our 11th year in-a-row of making it to the Nationals, which is the longest streak in all of college bowling," head coach Mike Kubacki said. "Currently, this is the first time we did it with a team with no seniors and the team rode the roller coaster of a young squad learning how to win in the big moments.
"In the end, they were down a few pins to Urbana with only a few games to go, and they figured out a way to get it done in the last two games to win the Sectional title."
History also was made on the individual side as well, as sophomore Nicco Vicari adds to his personal-best season in college bowling by winning the Sectional over a field of 170 competitors with a 225.8 average – signifying the first time in program history a Crimson Wave bowler took home the individual title in Sectional play.
Before the squad hits the lanes in Louisiana for the USBC event, the Wave ride into the NAIA Invitational in Lexington, Ky., on March 31-April 2.
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