ANDERSON, Ind. – After qualifying in the top 12 to earn a first-round bye, the ninth-seeded University of Pikeville men’s bowling team lost its first match in the NAIA Invitational to No. 8 seed Mount Mercy (Iowa) 3-0 on Saturday.
After falling down to the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination event, the Bears won their first match against No. 15-seed Huntington (Ind.) 3-1, but ultimately lost again in the bracket’s quarterfinals to fifth-seeded Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 3-1 as well.
UPIKE dominated the opening game against the RedHawks 244-165, but failed to break 200 again over the next three games, instead losing 183-156, 169-164 and 191-158 to face elimination.
The 244 pins collected against Martin Methodist in the opening game ended up as the Bears’ best showing of the invitational.
Zach Fylling added some hardware during the event as the UPIKE senior was named a First Team All-American by the NAIA Coaches’ Association.
UPIKE will return to the lanes April 20-23 at the Intercollegiate Team Championships in Wichita, Kan.