LAS VEGAS – The University of Pikeville women’s bowling team won its third tournament of the season after topping Marian (Ind.) in the finals of the 2015 Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational on Sunday at the South Point Bowling Arena.
UPIKE qualified in third place out of 18 teams for the championship round where it topped Newman (Kan.) 3-0 in the first round. After that, the Bears edged Webber International (Fla.) 3-2 in the semifinals to get the opportunity to bowl for a championship.
In the finals, UPIKE found itself matched up against Marion, which it took care of 3-1 to win a tournament for the first time since Oct. 4. In between wins, the Bears had finished second twice, third and fourth. But this win was a big one, being one of the new tier-one events on the schedule leading up to the postseason.
The Las Vegas Invite featured collegiate bowling’s best, including last year’s champ Wichita State (Kan.), Webber, and of course, the Bears. All teams who are routine competitors in the Intercollegiate Team Championships.
Megan Hedhespeth paced UPIKE, collecting all-tournament team honors with 1,848 pins, which was good for third place overall with an average of 205.3 per game.
Other top finishers included KT Simpson in 16th place, Caylin Doran finishing 41st and Fallon Tallman coming in 45th in the large field of bowlers.
The varsity championship wasn’t the only success of the day either as the UPIKE junior-varsity also claimed a team championship in the mixed division, topping three men’s teams along the way as well. Sheila Howe and Jenna Coldiron led the team in third and fourth place, respectively.
UPIKE was competing in the Collegiate Shoot-Out at the Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas at press time on Tuesday.