Christy Mottier

Christy Mottier turned in a strong performance, finishing in 69th overall

MOLINE, Ill. — The William Penn women's bowling team had an impressive showing this weekend at the ISYL Leatherneck Classic. The Statesmen came within a game of capturing the tournament title, falling in the third and final match of bracket play to earn a second place finish.

The Statesmen were led by Gabi Evans (Jr., West Liberty, Iowa, Psychology and Sociology) in the individual games. Evans checked in at 29th place among the 319 bowlers in the women's tournament, totaling 1,185 pins in her six games of work. Evie Roen (Sr., Troy, Mich., Applied Mathematics) was the team's next highest finisher in 69th after knocking down 1,099 pins and averaging a 183.2 for the tournament. Christy Mottier (Jr., Madison, Wis., Business Management) trailed close behind her with 1,092 pins.

Alexis Lake (Jr., Kaysville, Utah, Nursing) turned in a strong performance, despite only bowling five games. She averaged 193.6 for her five games, including a dominant 279 to finish off individual play.

The Statesmen were not in a very good position beginning Baker play, sitting in 13th place and five spots behind qualifying for bracket play. In response, the Statesmen turned in the second highest Baker total of the tournament, climbing up the rankings and just sneaking into bracket play as the No. 8 seed.

The navy and gold faced off against No. 1 Wichita State in the opening round, but carried their momentum from Baker play into bracket play to make short work of their opponents, defeating them in two straight games, including a stressful 216-214 victory to clinch.

Next up was No. 5 Newman, who opened the semifinals with a quick victory over the Statesmen. The navy and gold battled back with two close games, but came out on top in both of them, the first by a score of 186-183 and the second by a final of 207-205.

In the championship round, the Statesmen matched up against the Mount Mercy Mustangs. The Mustangs took game one, but William Penn rolled a 280 in game two to send things to a third and final game. The Mustangs, unfortunately, took game three, and the Statesmen headed home with a second place finish out of 34 competing teams.

"Hands down, this was the best shot making from the women's team that I have seen all season," said Head Coach Kirstin Foster. "They had some rough games and were in 23rd place after five games on Saturday. As a team, they had a pow wow and came back strong in game 6.”

"This has been their stronger performance by far," she added. "They communicated with each other, focused on one shot at a time and had amazing comradery. This was truly a team effort; everyone bowled at one point, and everyone was catching different adjustments that needed to be made. I believe we can continue to ride this momentum into what can be an amazing season for our women's program."

What's Next: The Statesmen have an extended break before their next tournament, which comes in three weeks in the form of the Warhawk Open in Addison, Ill.

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