SAU Buzz

Bowling in the postseason

by A. J. Engelsen
Posted on Mar 02, 2018

The Mens’ and Womens’ bowling team found out where they will be competing for the postseason. They will be at the familiar lanes in Fairview Heights, Illinois. They have competed there twice this year and are looking for a berth to the national tournament.

Head coach Erik Littig did not care which sectional of the four the team ended up at but he got a little nervous during the selection show.

“I did not expect to be nervous but here I am and I am nervous to see where we end,” Littig said. “It is nice to be at a place we have been to twice already this year because we are familiar with it.”

The top four teams from the four sectionals will advance to the national invitational. The women’s team is ranked third in the nation but second in the sectional. The men are ranked eighteenth in the nation and fifth in the sectional.

Junior Kayla Crawford does not feel pressured about the ranking. She said the team is embracing the ranking.

We are officially ranked third and that is a goal I have had for the team since my Freshman year,” Crawford said. “It is a great feeling to know that our hard work all season has paid off so far. Throughout the season, we talk about where we are in the rankings, but I think that since we are competing in some of the toughest tournaments all season and see all of the other tough teams on a regular basis that we have gained a lot of confidence. I like knowing where we are in the rankings, but I keep it in the back of my mind and use it as a motivator. I don't see it as pressure to be ranked so high; I see it as an accomplishment and hope we can be ranked even higher in the future.”

The Bees have memories at and away from the lanes as Crawford describes her favorite memory being at a tournament in Wauwatosa, WI.

“My favorite memory this year was when we won our first Tier 1 tournament back in October in Wauwatosa, WI,” Crawford said. “We always dance, cheer and share many laughs at every tournament, but that weekend was one of the most fun weekends so far because there was never a time where we ever really stopped dancing, cheering or laughing. We were having fun the entire time and doing what we love to do.”

Littig will be looking to lead both the men and the women to the national tournament. The teams will be competing March 9-11.