Louisiana Tech women’s bowling team qualifies for Intercollegiate Team Championships

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RUSTON, La. – The No. 6 Louisiana Tech women’s bowling team continues to make history this season.

This time, by qualifying for the Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC).

“We accomplished our goal of qualifying for the USBC team championships,” head coach Matt Nantais said. “We had a lot of ups and downs this weekend with spare shooting. We have a couple of weeks to really clean up some things in our games that were exposed while we competed this weekend. We also didn’t have all of the right equipment that we needed at this event. Without knowing the pattern that is put down, it’s a guessing game. So, we will make some adjustments to bowling balls that we bring to the championships. I’m just excited to have another chance to win a championship with this team.”

LA Tech earned its first bid to the Intercollegiate Team Sectionals last season, but Tech was unable to compete as the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over a year later, the Lady Techsters again earned a spot in the Dallas Sectional.

The team qualifiers of the Dallas Sectional took place on Saturday and Sunday with teams competing in 20 Baker games on each day for a total of 40 games. The total pinfall determined which teams advanced to the ITC.

Louisiana Tech finished the sectionals third with 7,482 total pins to earn the first ITC appearance in program history.

LA Tech led early on Saturday with 835 total pins after the first four Baker games. Tech ranked second after 12 games with 2,239 total pins and ended the day at third with 3,753. The Lady Techsters bowled over 200 in seven games and registered their best outing of the day in game eight with 234 pins.

Tech held onto the No. 3 spot through Sunday. After the first eight games of the day, Louisiana Tech had 5,254 total pins. With four Baker games left to play, LA Tech was 252 pins ahead of the No. 4 spot with 6,733 total pins. The Lady Techsters ended the day with 7,482 total pins for the third-place finish. Tech bowled four games over 200 on Sunday, including a best of 245 in game 39.

The Lady Techsters competed in the singles qualifiers on Friday. The qualifiers consisted of six games played for total pinfall with the top six bowlers qualifying for the ITC. Junior Emily Rettig was just three pins shy of qualifying for the championships after finishing her six games with 1,178 total pins to rank ninth. Junior Lindsay Manning and sophomore Allie Leiendecker finished 11th (1,169) and 12th (1,168), respectively. Senior Kaitlyn Eder also had a top-15 finish after knocking down 1,146 total pins to rank 15th.

Redshirt sophomore Sara Howell-Floyd (1,079, 30th), freshman Baileigh Snow (1,069, 36th), senior Ashley Channell (1,068, 37th), sophomore Danielle Jedlicki (1,040, 51st), junior Kalia Patterson (1,025, 61st), sophomore Emma Koch (988, 79th) and sophomore Tara Spridco (942, 94th) rounded out Tech’s competitors at the singles qualifiers.

Wichita State (8,041), No. 16 Stephen F. Austin (7,762) and Newman (7,352) also qualified from the Dallas Sectional for the ITC.

The ITC will be held May 5-8 at the Spectrum Entertainment Complex in Wyoming, Mich.

Keep up with Louisiana Tech women’s bowling @LATechBowl on both Twitter and Facebook for updates, results and breaking news.

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