Bowling - Tue, Feb. 2, 2016
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College men's and women's bowling teams had a good weekend on the lanes, competing in two tournaments in central Kentucky.

On Friday, the teams competed in the Thomas N. Burris Memorial Classic in Lexington, Ky., with the women placing third overall out of 11 teams and men coming in 10th out of 13.

"I am very proud of my young men and women for how they performed in the Burris Classic," said Union coach Brandy Hensley. "It was a strong field and we showed that we can compete with some of the best teams in the country."

The Union women was one of four teams to amass a total pinfall over 6,000. University of Pikeville won with 6,607, while Campbellsville University took second at 6,492. Union's 6,047 was good enough to place third, and University of the Cumberlands was fourth at 6,003. More importantly for the Bulldogs is that they went 8-2 in Mid-South Conference play in this meet.

Kimberly Alexander (SR/Lebanon, Ind.) led Union with a five-game score of 907, posting to games over 200 at 233 and 213. For her efforts, she earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

The Union men posted a total pinfall of 5,827 to land 10th overall and going 3-8 in conference play. Martin Methodist College won the event with a total score of 6,773, edging second-place Morehead State University by 78. 

Jorge Jackson (JR/Paris, Ky.) paced Union with a 27th-place finish in posting a total five-game score of 833 with a game high of 227.

The Union squads followed that performance by hosting the two-day Bulldog Classic in Richmond, Ky., on Saturday and Sunday. The Union women scored a sixth-place finish out of 16 squads and went 7-3 in conference play. Meanwhile, the men finished 12th out of 16, going 2-9 in league play.

"The teams showed once again that they are capable of putting together strong performances," said Hensley. "I am pleased with how we finished our regular-season conference competition."

The Union women made a strong turnaround during the conference regular-season schedule. Following the first two league events in the fall, Union sat with a 6-14 MSC record. However, the Bulldogs end the regular season with a 21-19 conference mark following these weekend's events. 

"With their finish at the Bulldog, they managed to have a winning record in the 2015-2016 Mid-South Conference regular season," added Hensley. "This proves that the Bulldogs are a competitive team."

Kendall Lane (SO) earned a spot on the Bulldog Classic All-Tournament Team, placying third overall with a score of 1006. She posted a game high of 246, which was tops in the tournament.

As a team, Union posted a score of 6,485 to land sixth overall. Pikeville won the event with a total pinfall of 7,212 with Emmanuel College taking second at 6,992.

The Union men amassed a total team score of 6,565 to place 12th. Morehead State won with a score of 7,911, while Pikeville came in second at 7,800.

Thomas Reinhardt (FR) was to top finisher for Union as he rolled a 919 with a game high of 214. Trenton Schaibly (FR) was not far behind, posting a 904 total score with a game high of 232.

Up Next

Both Union teams will compete in the Eagle Classic in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday. On Sunday, the Union women will participate in the Norse Classic in Erlanger, Ky.