Match Play Underway at 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Aaron Smith
USBC Communications

Four men's and four women's teams remain undefeated at the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships after two rounds of double-elimination match play at Northrock Lanes on Thursday.

On the men's side, top-seeded Midland paced the way, sweeping Lindenwood-Belleville, 4-0, before defeating Calumet, 4-2. The Warriors are joined in the winners' bracket by Wichita State, Robert Morris-Illinois and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

For the women, defending champion Robert Morris-Illinois is one step closer to making it back to the finals after surviving close matches again Wisconsin-Whitewater and top-seeded Wichita State, taking the deciding game in each, 4-3. Also advancing in the winners' bracket is Pikeville, St. Francis-Illinois and North Carolina A&T.

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Defending champion Robert Morris-Illinois is one step closer to making it back to the finals

The Intercollegiate Team Championships is the pinnacle of the collegiate bowling season, bringing together the top 16 men's and top 16 women's teams together to compete for the Kerm Helmer Cup.

Teams qualified for the ITC by finishing in the top four in one of the four sectionals held throughout the country in March.

Thursday's competition began with 24 Baker games to determine the seeding for the double-elimination match play bracket.

Match play resumes Friday at Northrock Lanes starting 9:15 a.m. Eastern, with BOWL.com's BowlTV providing live coverage of the event until two men's and two women's teams are left to compete for the national championship.

The finals will be taped for broadcast Saturday and air on the CBS Sports Network in May. The women's final will be aired May 18 at 7 p.m. ET, while the men's title match will be shown May 25 at 7 p.m. ET.

For more information on the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships, visit BOWL.com/ITC.

XBowling is the title sponsor of the collegiate national championships. XBowling is a first-of-its-kind bowling app that empowers bowlers to connect and compete using their smart phone or tablet devices while bowling within XBowling enabled centers locally, across the country and around the world.  The XBowling platform allows bowlers to enter challenges, view live scoring, and compete remotely while bowling.

2015 XBOWLING INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thursday's results (At Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan.)
QUALIFYING
(24 games)
MEN

1, Midland, 4,944. 2, Wichita State, 4,880. 3, Robert Morris-Illinois, 4,824. 4, McKendree, 4,758. 5, Purdue, 4,699. 6, San Jose State, 4,650. 7, Notre Dame-Ohio, 4,649. 8, Calumet, 4,606. 9, Webber International, 4,605. 10, Lindenwood, 4,569. 11, Davenport, 4,549. 12, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4,539. 13, Pikeville, 4,501. 14, Urbana, 4,499. 15, Clarke, 4,270. 16, Lindenwood-Belleville, 4,194.

WOMEN
1, Wichita State, 4,837. 2, Webber International, 4,646. 3, McKendree, 4,583. 4, Pikeville, 4,515. 5, Grand View, 4,495. 6, North Carolina A&T, 4,483. 7, St. Francis-Illinois, 4,463. 8, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4,457. 9, Robert Morris-Illinois, 4,451. 10, Midland, 4,428. 11, Wright State, 4,426. 12, Delaware State, 4,356. 13, Bowling Green, 4,321. 14, Stephen F. Austin, 4,266. 15, Lindenwood, 4,263. 16, Emmanuel, 4,176.

MATCH PLAY
(Best-of-7, double-elimination match play)

MEN

First Round
(1) Midland def. (16) Lindenwood-Belleville, 4-0
(8) Calumet def. (9) Webber International, 4-3
(12) Wisconsin-Whitewater def. (5) Purdue, 4-2
(4) McKendree def. (13) Pikeville, 4-2
(2) Wichita State def. (15) Clarke, 4-1
(7) Notre Dame-Ohio def. (10) Lindenwood, 4-2
(6) San Jose State def. (11) Davenport, 4.5-1.5
(3) Robert Morris-Illinois def. (14) Urbana, 4-0

Second Round
Midland def. Calumet, 4-2
Wisconsin-Whitewater def. McKendree, 4-1
Wichita State def. Notre Dame-Ohio, 4-1
Robert Morris-Illinois def. San Jose State, 4-1

WOMEN

First Round
(1) Wichita State def. (16) Emmanuel, 4-3
(9) Robert Morris-Illinois def. (8) Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-3
(5) Grand View def. (12) Delaware State, 4-1
(4) Pikeville def. (13) Bowling Green, 4-1
(15) Lindenwood def. (2) Webber International, 4-3
(7) St. Francis-Illinois def. (10) Midland, 4-1
(6) North Carolina A&T def. (11) Wright State, 4-0
(3) McKendree def. (14) Stephen F. Austin, 4-2

Second Round
Robert Morris-Illinois def. Wichita State, 4-3
Pikeville def. Grand View, 4-3
St. Francis-Illinois def. Lindenwood, 4-2
North Carolina A&T def. McKendree, 4-3

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