Local college sports briefs

March 18, 2014 

Men's bowling

Bearcats headed to national championship

LEBANON -- For the second consecutive year, the McKendree University men's bowling team will have a chance to compete for a United States Bowling Congress national championship.

The Bearcats punched their ticket to the 2014 xBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships with their performances this weekend at the ITC sectional qualifier in Addison, Ill. The McKendree men's team sat among the top three all weekend and finished second out of 18 teams in the sectional field.

Bowling in a format consisting of 64 Baker games, the McKendree men's team held the No. 2 spot following the first 16-game block and never slipped lower than third in each of the remaining three blocks. The Bearcats finished the weekend competition with 12,742 pins to finish 389 pins behind the sectional champions from Robert Morris University. Calumet College of St. Joseph (12,658 pins) and Clarke University (12,333) rounded out the list of national qualifiers coming from the Addison sectional.

This marks the third time in four years that the McKendree men have advanced to the xBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships. Last spring, the Bearcats reached the national championship contest, falling to Robert Morris in the finals.

The top four teams in each of four sectional qualifiers held across the country will compete at the xBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships, which will be held April 16-18 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev.

Women's bowling

McKendree headed to national meet

LEBANON -- The McKendree University women's bowling team will have a chance to compete for a United States Bowling Congress' national championship for the second consecutive year.

The Bearcats punched their ticket to the 2014 xBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships with their performances this weekend at the ITC sectional qualifier in Addison, Ill.

The Bearcat women's program rallied over the final 16-game block to secure the No. 4 spot in the final sectional standings.

In the sectional qualifier, McKendree faced a tougher fight over its 64-game Baker block. The Bearcats sat in fourth place through 32 games, but slipped into the No. 5 spot following its next 16-game segment. McKendree rallied over its final 16 games, outscoring the University of St. Francis (Ill.) by nearly 400 pins to jump into the fourth and final qualifying spot. McKendree finished with 12,350 pins, joining the University of Pikeville (13,341 pins), Robert Morris (12,916) and Grand View University (12,691) in the national tournament field.

This marks the 10th straight year that the McKendree women's team will be represented in the xBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships field. The Bearcats have a pair of second-place finishes at the national event (2007 and 2010) to their credit, as well as a third-place showing in 2009.

The top four teams in each of four sectional qualifiers held across the country now will compete at the xBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships, which will be held April 16-18 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev.

Bass fishing

Bearcats compete in Bass Fishing Open

DAYTON, Tenn. -- The McKendree University bass fishing team had teams finish in 40th and 58th place this weekend at the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Lake Chickamunga in Dayton, Tenn. The tournament was part of the Cabelas BoatUS Tournament Series.

The Bearcats will travel to Kimberling City, Mo., this Saturday to compete at the FLW Tournament Series Central Conference Qualifier on Table Rock. Take-off is scheduled for 7 a.m.

McKendree had eight individuals compete on two teams in the tournament field made up of 62 colleges, 137 boats and 274 collegiate anglers.

The McKendree team consisting of junior Dustin Pendegraft (Lebanon), freshman Curtis Lilly, senior Adam Brookman (Mount Vernon), and sophomore Reece Ellerbusch finished in 40th place overall. The group had a two day total of six fish and a total weight of 20.18 pounds. They ended day one with 9.87 pounds, before weighing in a 10.31 pound bag on Saturday.

The team of freshmen Brian McClanahan and Austin Chapman, junior Phillip Germagliotti (Highland), and sophomore Derrik Starrett (Alton Marquette) finished in 58th place overall. The group had a two day total of three fish weighing in at 12.39 pounds. Their day one total only came in at 3.27 pounds, but had a great day on Saturday with a catch weighing in at 9.12 pounds.

Men's golf

Lynx finish eighth in tournament

O'FALLON, Mo. - The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's golf team kicked off their spring portion of the schedule when they took part in the UIS Spring Invitational at Missouri Bluffs Golf Course.

The Lynx finished tied for eighth out of 17 competing schools, with the majority of the field being NCAA Division II schools. Joaquin Diaz led the Lynx after shooting a 75 on Saturday. Diaz holed out on his second shot on the 17th hole, which would have given him an eagle on a par four.

John Stimac came in second for the Lynx finishing with a 76, which was tied for 29th overall. Brian Murtagh and Colton Arnold each shot a 78 respectively. The Lynx finished with an overall team score of 307.

The Lynx return the course Monday when they host the Challenge at Dalhousie in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Men's tennis

Cougars collect first OVC victory

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville earned its firstOhio Valley Conferencevictory with a 4-3 triumph over Morehead State.

Jacob Tanulanondclinched the winning point for the Cougars. The senior won a third-set tiebreaker to defeat Morehead State's Nick Mercer 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3).

The Cougars are 7-6 overall and 1-1 in the OVC.

SIUE begins its home OVC schedule this weekend with a pair of matches. The Cougars welcome Jacksonville State on Saturday for a 10 a.m. match followed by Tennessee Tech on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Men's volleyball

LU-Belleville remains winless

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville lost to the Hannibal-LaGrange Trojans and are still looking for their first victory of the season.

Hannibal-LaGrange won 25-17, 25-21 and 25-20.

With the loss the Lynx fall to 0-22 on the season, while the Trojans improved to 6-16.

Wrestling

SIUE's Devine will face Penn State matman

EDWARDSVILLE -- The NCAA announced the complete list of qualifiers and the brackets Wednesday for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships to be held March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's David Devine, who won the Southern Conference title at 285 pounds has learned his first-round opponent will be 14th-seeded Jonathan Gingrich (22-8) of Penn State. Gingrich placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships.

There will be 33 entrants in the heavyweight class.

With the top competition from all over the country, Devine's goal will be to become SIUE's first Division I All-American since Tim Wright in 1987 when Division II champions were allowed into the field. First and foremost, Devine will have to place his focus on his opening match.

Only nine of the 33 wrestlers in the weight class have as many wins (26) as Devine. The senior is 4-6 this season against fellow heavyweight wrestlers in the field.

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