LAWRENCE, Kan./TOPEKA, Kan. – Avila Bowling continued its rapid ascent into takeoff in its inaugural season of competition this weekend as the Eagles took part in their third straight weekend event and fourth overall, the 2021 Jayhawk Collegiate Challenge.
The two Eagle teams were stationed in separate cities in eastern Kansas for this event – not an uncommon setup in collegiate bowling – with the Eagle men in Lawrence and the women in Topeka. Avila enjoyed a somewhat more traditional format than recent events but faced similarly stiff competition – and both sides fared fairly well. The Avila men recorded a total pinfall of 7,528 to finish 16th in a 19-team field while the Eagle women were consistent across both days, recording 6,797 pins to finish 13th out of 18.
Despite the split site setup, both locations operated under the same format, a more straightforward event than the Eagles had encountered over the previous two weekends. All teams began with six individual ten-frame games on Saturday followed by four sets of Baker-style games on Sunday. After those ten total games, the top eight teams in each field moved on to a bracket-style knockout event. Wichita State emerged as champions at both locations, pulling off a slight upset to win as the #3-seed in the women’s field.
Speaking of the women’s field, Devyn Coleman was as solid as ever to lead Avila’s efforts on Saturday. Once again bowling out of the anchor spot, she bookended her Saturday with scores of 191 to finish with an average of 177.2, a top 20 average in the field. Bailey Stephan came in second for Avila with a score of 154.8.
Over in Lawrence, Caleb Wangler continued his strong freshman campaign. He’s also become the regular anchor bowler for head coach Paul Wolf and once again flashed his high-scoring ability, dropping a score of 265, one of the best scores all weekend, in his fourth game Saturday to finish with an average of 187.7, a top 40 mark in the field. Bryce Stewart came in second for Avila with a round average of 167.
It was slightly unusual for the two Eagle teams to be in separate cities for this event, but Avila Bowling will take that experience to the next level in the team’s next event, the Leatherneck Classic in Quad Cities, Iowa – there, the two teams will be bowling in two different states, with the women rolling in Iowa and the men across the border in Illinois. That event will take place on November 13 and 14; stay tuned to Avila Bowling and Avila Athletics on…