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Trailblazer Bowling Grabs 4th in Louisville - Hickey Earns Top 5 Honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Blazers made their way for to compete in Louisville, KY for their first time at the Striking Knights Classic. The event consisted of 6 team games on Saturday followed by 16 bakers to determine the winner on Sunday.

Striking Knights Classic

Day 1 - The oil pattern for the event was released Saturday morning. Practice showed that the conditions were going to be fairly low scoring and patience needed to be the key to success for the day. Set 1 the Blazers posted a 5 game score of 899. This pace is where the Blazers remained for most of the day with sets of 906, 925, 854, 887, and 913. The Trailblazers left the day in 4th place and 149 pins out of 3rd.

Connor Hickey (senior) led the effort with an individual score of 1223 (203.8 avg). This gave Hickey his first career top 5 finish and the Trailblazers first individual top 5 this season. 

Individual Averages:

Keaton Green 172.8
Connor Hickey 203.8
Zachary Mason   139
Joshua Taylor 191.1
Isaac Wake            162.4
Michael Whiteside  176.6

 

Day 2 - A new strategy going into the 16 baker games on day 2 allowed the Blazers to come out of the gates firing with sets of 875 and 813. This cut the deficit on 3rd place down to just 80 pins with 2 blocks remaining.

Set 3 began to show a transition taking place with the pattern that led to a 159 start to the set. A quick change in lane play and the men finished with 177, 177, and 227 for a set total of 740. A few mental errors in set 4 gave the Blazers their low set of the day with 701. This significantly increased the gap to 3rd and left the team in 4th place on the weekend out of 19 teams. 

 

VU Bowling Coach Jesse Gibson says. . . 

 

"The first day of the event continued to show the things we are missing in order to truly be competitive at a high level. Lane play, overall execution, and our unity was lackluster and the scores showed it. Understanding what the scoring pace on the day was going to be has to set the tone for what the focus is. If you got in the right part of the lane, got the shot close enough to leave makeable spares and filled the frames, you were going to be toward the top. Instead we let the frustration of not scoring high and not striking dictate the rest of our day and it showed.

After a long talk Saturday night the players realized a bit of what it was going to take going into day 2 to make up ground. We developed a different plan of attack both on the lanes and mentally and stuck to it for the most part. The first 2 sets showed a top tier team in action and shined a light on what this team is capable of. Sets 3 and 4 presented some adversity and that is when it becomes imperative to slow things down and fall on the process that gave us success the first half of the day.  Once this team as a whole accepts that and applies it both at home and events, we will bloom into one of the best teams in the nation." 
 

 

Contact: Jesse Gibson

VU Bowling Lanes Manager

Men's Varsity Bowling Coach

Vincennes University

812-888-4393, 4395

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