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    Shockers bowling sweeps national titles, softball wins AAC



    Wichita State Bowling

    The Wichita State bowling program took home both the men’s and women’s national championships on Saturday night in Michigan. WSU holds the record for most national titles for both men and women.

    WICHITA STATE SPORTS

    Wichita State Shockers bowling, softball win championships

    BY TAYLOR ELDRIDGE

    TELDRIDGE@WICHITAEAGLE.COM

    It was a championship kind of Saturday night for the Wichita State athletic department.

    The night began with the WSU softball team winning its first American Athletic Conference championship in program history without even playing a game this weekend. The Shockers were able to celebrate from home, as their title was secured in Orlando courtesy of two wins by Central Florida over South Florida.

    Meanwhile, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the WSU bowling team was authoring the first national championship sweep by a program since 2012 and the third in program history (1994, 2009).

    It was the 10th win at the Intercollegiate Team Championships for the WSU women’s bowling team and the 12th overall for the men’s team. Both marks are the most of any collegiate program in the country.

    WSU SOFTBALL WINS FIRST AAC TITLE

    The Shockers won their third conference championship in program history after previously winning the Missouri Valley title in 2014 and 2016.

    The program’s first AAC title marks the latest accomplishment in what is shaping up to be the best season in program history. WSU enters postseason play with a 37-11-1 record, which would be its highest winning percentage in program history, on the fringe of many top-25 polls and a likely No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Regionals. WSU also had a record-setting offense, which has crushed the program record for home runs and is on pace to set several other records this season.

    The Shockers won the AAC title with an 18-5-1 record, which were the most conference wins by a champion in the American’s brief history. WSU will be the No. 1 seed in the AAC Tournament held in Tulsa from Thursday-Saturday.

    WSU BOWLING DOUBLES UP TITLES

    Both championship matches for WSU were decided in thrilling fashion on Saturday.

    In the women’s final, WSU leaned on junior Madison Janack, who was recently named the NCBCA Most Valuable Player. Needing two strikes and at least one pin in the 10th and final frame, Janack delivered in the clutch with three straight strikes in the fifth and decisive game of the best-of-five Baker format to lead WSU to the victory over North Carolina A&T.

    The championship team for the WSU women’s bowling team consisted of Janack, who was also named the ITC Most Valuable Player, Wichita native Addie Herzberg, Sierra Ciesiolka, Madisyn Hansen, Sydney Hollinger, Sarah Klassen and Olivia Komorowski.

    The men’s final also came down to the fifth and final game, as the Shockers were able to prevail in a low-scoring championship bout with St. Ambrose. WSU started Game 5 with three straight strikes to open up a lead and never looked back in a 188-146 win.

    The championship team for the WSU men’s bowling team featured Brandon Biondo, Briley Haugh, Cameron Hurwitz, Alec Keplinger, Richard Paul III, T.J. Rock and Nick Sommer. Biondo and Keplinger were both named to the all-tournament team, while Keplinger also finished runner-up in the national singles tournament.

    The women’s ITC finals will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network at 5:30 p.m. on May 25, while the men’s ITC finals will follow on the same network at 7 p.m. on June 1.
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