Dubuque, Iowa – The Viterbo University women's and men's bowling teams both finished in second place at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships over the weekend. The event, which was hosted by Clarke, was held in Dubuque, Iowa.
After finishing in third place during Saturday and Sunday's qualifying rounds, the V-Hawk women came very close to capturing a conference title. Viterbo won a quarterfinal match against Clarke in dramatic fashion. After losing the first game of a best-of-three series, Rachel Schalow (Jr. – Marshfield, Wis.) delivered back-to-back strikes in the 10th frame of game 2 to pull out a win. Viterbo went on to win game three and advanced to the semi-finals where the V-Hawks beat Mount Mercy in two straight games. However, Viterbo couldn't quite take the championship match, losing 2-1 to William Penn.
Schalow was named to the MCC All-Conference team for the second straight season. And Stephanie Frank (Fr. – Plymouth, Wis.) had one of the best individual days in the program's three year history. In Saturday's individual competition, Frank bowled in five of the six possible games and averaged 214.
In men's action, the V-Hawks also were in third place after two qualifying rounds. Viterbo beat Grand View 2-1 in the quarterfinals. Then they beat St. Ambrose 2-0 to advance to the championship match. Clarke managed to win the title in two straight, rolling a 280 game to Viterbo's 202 in the last game.
Matt Krueger(Jr. – Green Bay, Wis.) was the top finisher for the V-Hawks. He finished in fourth place overall in the individual competition. Krueger averaged 208 over six games. Jermaine Dumond (Fr. – Pawtucket, R.I.) once again gave the V-Hawks a spark off the bench, averaging 197 over four games.
"Both teams are getting better and better dealing with pressure," said Viterbo head coach Jim Socha. "We really like what we're seeing when the tournament is one the line," added assistant coach Jeremy Miller.
Next action for both Viterbo bowling teams is February 18-19 at the Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis.