DAYTON, Ohio – Arkansas State freshman Averi Brown paced the women’s field in qualifying while Alex Ouellette, a senior at Concordia, was the men’s top qualifier as the Intercollegiate Singles Championships kicked off Tuesday at Poelking Lanes South.
The 24 men and 24 women, who earned spots in the event through sectional qualifying, bowled six games of qualifying on Tuesday morning to determine the bracket for match play. The top eight qualifiers received a first-round bye while the remainder of the field started match play on Tuesday afternoon.
In the six-game qualifying round, Brown posted a 1,358 pinfall total (a 226 average), closing with games of 265 and 289. While she admitted she tends to get a little more nervous bowling one-on-one matches, Tuesday’s results provide a boost heading into match play.
“Being a freshman in college, and not really having any experience coming in, it’s definitely a big confidence booster,” Brown said of taking the top qualifying spot. “Now, I’ll look to just stay consistent and trust it like I did today.”
Brown will meet Bailey Delrose of Maryville when the second round of match play begins Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. (Eastern). Match play is single elimination and all bracket matches consist of three games, with total pinfall determining the winner.
Delrose won her opening match against Amanda Duplan of Grand View, 684-501, on Tuesday.
Other women to win their opening-round matches were Sarah Gill of Stephen F. Austin, Chloe Skurzynski of Maryland Eastern Shore, Vanderbilt’s Adel Wahner, Samantha Laird of Hastings, Leslie Campbell of Wright State, McKendree’s Breanna Clemmer and Aimee Sherman of Fairleigh Dickinson.
In the men’s division, Ouellette, who is making his first trip to the ISC, said being the top qualifier simply means “it just gets you to tomorrow.”
“In this tournament, there’s a lot of really good bowlers, so getting one less match makes it a little easier,” said Ouellette, who had a 277 game in posting a 1,404 pinfall total (234 average). “I going to try to make good shots tomorrow and see what happens.”
Ouellette will face Logan Williams of Robert Morris-Illinois on Wednesday morning. Williams posted a 675-506 victory against Michael Pruchnik of St. Francis-Illinois.
Also advancing on Tuesday was 2016 ISC champion Daniel Hanson of Robert Morris-Illinois, Tom Hankey Jr. of Webber International, Nathan Stubler of St. Ambrose, Midland’s Morgan Moore, Kurt Schall of SUNY-Stonybrook, Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Matt Hibbard, and Alex Acosta of St. Xavier.
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INTERCOLLEGIATE SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Poelking Lanes South, Dayton, Ohio
Men’s match play, first round
Logan Williams, Robert Morris-Illinois def. Michael Pruchnik, St. Francis-Illinois, 675-506
Tom Hankey Jr., Webber International def. Ryan Dudley, Iowa Central CC, 658-570
Nathan Stubler, St. Ambrose def. Kristopher Yadao, Midland, 650-609
Morgan Moore, Midland def. Keen Ching, Indiana Tech, 553-514
Kurt Schall, SUNY-Stonybrook def. Sean Taylor, Davenport, 550-530
Matt Hibbard, Wisconsin-Milwaukee def. Vincent Gehret, Penn State, 593-517
Alex Acosta, St. Xavier def. Jeffery Mann, Marian, 716-667
Daniel Hanson, Robert Morris-Illinois def. Daniel Hall, Ottawa, 573-552
First-round byes: Alex Ouellette, Concordia; Marcus McClain, Indiana Tech; Jorge Rodriguez-Rosas, Lincoln Memorial; Bryan Bourget, Robert Morris-Illinois; Kyle McGrath, Lawrence Tech; Pete Vergos, Calumet College; Kyle Duster, Wichita St.; Ryan Winters Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Women’s match play, first round
Bailey Delrose, Maryville def. Amanda Duplan, Grand View, 684-501
Sarah Gill, Stephen F. Austin def. Megan Hess, St. Ambrose, 547-525
Chloe Skurzynski, Maryland Eastern Shore def. Meghan Macunovich, Robert Morris-Illinois, 561-550
Adel Wahner, Vanderbilt def. Rebecca Dodson, Mount St. Mary's, 621-504
Samantha Laird, Hastings def. Haley Cummings, Lindenwood, 538-525
Leslie Campbell, Wright State def. Destiny Miller, St. Xavier, 585-473
Breanna Clemmer, McKendree def. Kayla Johnson, LIU-Brooklyn, 637-522
Aimee Sherman, Fairleigh Dickinson def. Megan Carpenter, Baker, 615-552
First-round byes: Averi Brown, Arkansas St.; Amanda Chrzanowski, Fairleigh Dickinson; Maria Bulanova, Vanderbilt; Jordan Newham, Vanderbilt; Olivia Farwell, Duquesne; Rachel Strogin, Alabama-Birmingham; Sierra Kanemoto, Wichita St.; Karsyn Lukosius, Fairleigh Dickinson.