NCAA Bowling

Coleman, Eagle Women Net Record Finish at Lion Classic

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St. CHARLES, Mo. – In their second event of their second season of competition, the Avila bowling team set a number of program firsts: Devyn Coleman became the first Avila bowler to be named to an All-Tournament Team, powering the Eagle women to a third place finish after bracket play at the 2022 Lindenwood Lion Classic.

Both Avila teams were back in action this weekend for their second straight competition to open their second season. Every squad bowled three team games Saturday before splitting up ten baker games between Saturday and Sunday; head to head records in the baker games determined the seeding in Sunday’s double elimination bracketed tournament which determined the weekend champions.

The Avila men dropped the sixth-most pins in their field over Saturday and Sunday but went 2-8 in the head-to-head, meaning the Eagles were seeded seventh heading into bracket play. Brody Stanback paced the Eagles with an average of 197.67 over the three team games, the ninth-best average in the field, and Nick Hays‘ average of 185.67 was a Top 20 mark.

Avila battled well in Sunday’s double-elimination contests. Each match is a best-of-three, Baker-style contest where all five members of a squad cycle in frame by frame: the first bowler also bowls the sixth frame, the fifth bowler also bowls the tenth, and so on. The Eagles, seeded seventh out of eight teams, earned a tie in their first game against eventual runners-up Missouri Baptist but dropped the next two games to fall to the consolation bracket; there, Avila once again worked a tie in a game against McKendree but fell in its other two games to finish the tournament in seventh place.

Meanwhile, the Avila women built up a big weekend. Following the same format as the men, Devyn Coleman produced an sterling 203 average over Saturday’s three team games, the second-best average in the field, powered by a 243 score in game three, the best total in the field. In fact, Coleman’s three-game pinfall of 609 was literally one behind first-place Jordyn Czerw’s total of 610; even still, Coleman’s total earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team, the first time an Eagle bowler has earned that recognition.

Elsewhere, JoanneΒ Alibayan’s 179.3 average was good for 15th in the field, and Claire Busch just missed the Top 25. The Eagles went 7-3 in head-to-head play, earning the #2 seed in Sunday’s double elimination bracket. The Eagles made quick work of Ball State to start with and rallied to beat Barton in a tight affair to…

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