February 11, 2010
Barely having enough bowlers to fill a roster, the 2009-10 Ursuline College bowling team committed themselves to learning the basic fundamentals, and the advanced mechanics of bowling in order to establish the Arrow's latest addition to their Athletic Department.
"We attempted to compete in this first season with a team made up of students from within the school," said Head Coach Joe Ciarrochi. "We had no scholarship bowlers, and we had very little experience."
With only four bowlers in its first competition, Ursuline limped through but took home some important intangibles to build on. Highlighting the Raider Classic was sophomore Jody Scimone, who averaged 140.6 with a high game of 171 on the difficult Winding Road oil pattern at the Raider Classic in Kettering Ohio.
Following the Raider Classic, senior Angie Ciarrochi, who came into the season with no bowling experience at all, agreed to join the team and with a full five-person squad the Arrows surprised a couple of established teams, taking them deep into games before their inexperience took over.
Highlights included a tie with Youngstown State University in one baker game, and taking it to the last game of the long format against tournament contender Davenport University as senior Liz Shoda struck on her last three balls for a four-pin victory. The Arrows recorded 15 bonus pins throughout baker play and they also managed to win five individual head-to-head games for a total of 50 bonus pins on the Chameleon oil pattern in Monroe Michigan at the American Heartland Conference Tournament.
With a team motto of Commitment, Character, Confidence, the Arrows goal this year was to grow and work together, allowing them to be called Ursuline's first bowling team. "We overcome adversity and held our heads high," said Ciarrochi. "We built inner character, as well as a solid program foundation for years to come. We took full advantage of a small tournament schedule and focused on individual fundamentals during the practice season."
"We accomplished many personal goals that should pay dividends next year for the few returners," continued Ciarrochi. "The light tournament schedule has also allowed me the luxury of visiting many top recruits around the Ohio and Western Pennsylvania areas."
Next year the Arrows plan to bowl a full schedule of 10 or more tournaments, and participate in all the American Heartland Conference Tournaments. Landing top recruits will continue to be the main priority as the program continues to grow, and with Coach Ciarrochi's vision to develop not just a competitive program, but a program that can compete for many tournament titles; the Arrows have an exciting road ahead.
2009-2010 Ursuline College Season Statistics
Jody Scimone - 130.9 with a high game of 171 (ten games)
Ann Kinsella - 94.1 with a high game of 99 (ten games)
Elizabeth Shoda - 129.5 with a high game of 197 (ten games)
Sonseeahray McHenry - 123.2 with a high game of 150 (five games)
Angie Ciarrochi - 103 with a high game of 125 (five games)
Amy Walters - 60.4 with a high game of 72 (five games)
Team individual game - 665, 613
Baker game - 139, 129
Individual Highs and Tournament Average:
1. Liz Shoda - 148.8, (AHIBC at Monroe, Mich.)
2. Jody Scimone - 140.6 (Raider Classic at Kettering, Ohio)
3. Sonseeahray McHenry - 123.2 (AHIBC at Monroe, Mich.)
1. Liz Shoda - 197 (AHIBC at Monroe, Mich.)
2. Jody Scimone - 171 (Raider Classic at Kettering, Ohio)
3. Sonseeahray McHenry - 150 (AHIBC at Monroe, Mich.)
Liz Shoda - minus 4.38
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