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Women's Bowling - Mon, Apr. 4, 2016
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ANDERSON, Ind. - The Union College women's bowling team made its presence felt over the weekend at the 2016 Bowlerstore.com NAIA Invitational Team Championship in Anderson, Ind., narrowly missing cracking the top 10.

In their first-ever appearance at the NAIA Invitational, the Bulldogs finished in a tie for 11th following the double-elimination tournament round.

The 20-team field began the three-day event on Friday with every team competing in 24 Baker games to determine seeding for the double-elimination tournament. Union posted a respectable 14th-place finish with a total score of 4,304, only 18 back of No. 13 Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.).

Heading into the final four Baker games, Union sat in the 16th spot. However, the Bulldogs put together games of 168, 156, 222 and 195. The 222 score in game 23 was Union's best of the day, edging its tally of 221 in its third game of the day.

The double-elimination tournament used a best-of-five format with teams needing to win three games to advance to the next round.

Union began the double-elimination tournament on Saturday as the No. 14 seed and faced No. 19 Clarke (Iowa). The Bulldogs started off strong by winning the first two rounds 193-189 and 210-154. But Clarke won the next two games 190-161 and 167-159 to force a fifth and deciding game. Union once again rolled a 159, but it was good enough to beat Clarke's 153 to advance to the round of 16 in the winners' bracket.

In the second round, Union had an easier time of things as it defeated No. 3 St. Francis (Ill.) 3-1. Like they did in the previous round, the Bulldogs won the first two games (197-169 and 190-176), but the Saints rallied for a 202-169 win in the third game. Yet, Union put a stop to things with a 188-178 decision in the fourth game to wrap up the victory.

Union then ran into No. 11 Robert Morris (Ill.), which eventually won the tournament. The Bulldogs lost 3-0 to the Eagles by the scores of 206-135, 168-160 and 210-173.

In the elimination round, Union took on No. 7 Mount Mercy (Iowa), and things looked good at first. The Bulldogs won the opening game 171-160, but the Mustangs took the next three (193-160, 154-144, 180-150) to win 3-1 and stay alive.

In going 2-2 in the tournament, Union finished in a tie for 11th at the NAIA Invitational.