Finalists set for 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships


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    The Robert Morris-Illinois women will look to defend their title at the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships against North Carolina A&T, while Wichita State will face off against Midland in the men's title match.

    Four teams from a field of the top 32 collegiate programs in the country made their way through the double-elimination match-play bracket Friday at Northrock Lanes in Wichita. Kan., to make the nationally televised finals. CBS Sports Network will air the women's final May 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern, and the men's final will air May 25 at 7 p.m. ET.

    The Robert Morris-Illinois women captured their first Intercollegiate Team Championships at the 2014 event in Reno, Nevada, and despite losing six of the eight players from that team, they cruised through match play without a loss. The Eagles defeated Wichita State, 4-1, to secure their spot in the championship match.

    "I can't believe it," Robert Morris-Illinois senior Leea Haworth said. "Tomorrow, we'll just need to relax and stay within ourselves like last year. If we take it one frame at a time, we can get it done."

    The North Carolina A&T women made their first ITC appearance since 2001 and made sure to make the most of the opportunity as they finished match play undefeated. The Aggies bested St. Francis-Illinois, 4-0, to make the title tilt.

    "It's crazy," North Carolina A&T junior Emily Strombeck said. "We've been working hard to get ready for this and knew we had a chance. This is an amazing group of girls. We went undefeated, but we'll have to let that go because tomorrow is a clean slate. We have to make good shots, cover our spares and just keep doing what we've been doing all year long."

    After just missing the finals at the 2014 ITC, the Wichita State men finished undefeated in match play and now will look to add a record 11th ITC title to their trophy case. The Shockers bested defending champion Lindenwood, 4-2, in the semifinals.

    "Last year was rough, but we were able to make it this year because this is a strong program with a great group of coaches and players," said Wichita State senior Francois Lavoie, who captured the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships title.

    "Anytime you're able to make it to a TV final is great, but to be able to do it with all of the hometown support was icing on the cake."

    Midland earned the top seed after Thursday's qualifying round and were undefeated until the semifinals, falling to Calumet, 4.5-1.5. In the deciding best-of-seven match, the Warriors rallied after losing the first game to take the last four games and the spot in the championship match, 4-1.

    "We didn't want to go to an extra match, but made some shots and really buckled down," Midland senior Neil Cooley said. "It's surreal. We're going to work off of all the positives we've had this week, and hopefully take care of the thing we came here to do."

    A total of four television shows will be taped Saturday starting at 10 a.m. ET, with the men's and women's semifinals and finals of the XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships also taking place. The women's singles show will air May 4 at 7 p.m. ET, while the men's singles show will air May 11 at 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.




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    2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships - Men's Match Play Results

    Double-elimination, best-of-seven games

    Third Round
    Webber International def. Lindenwood-Belleville, 4-3 (Lindenwood-Belleville eliminated)
    Purdue def. Pikeville, 4-3 (Pikeville eliminated)
    Lindenwood def. Clarke, 4-2 (Clarke eliminated)
    Davenport def. Urbana, 4-3 (Urbana eliminated)

    Fourth Round
    McKendree def. Webber International, 4-2 (Webber International eliminated)
    Calumet def. Purdue, 4-1 (Purdue eliminated)
    Lindenwood def. San Jose State, 4-0 (San Jose State eliminated)
    Notre Dame-Ohio def. Davenport, 4-0 (Davenport eliminated)

    Fifth Round
    Midland def. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-3
    Wichita State def. Robert Morris-Illinois, 4-3
    Calumet def. McKendree, 4-0 (McKendree eliminated)
    Lindenwood def. Notre Dame-Ohio, 4-2 (Notre Dame-Ohio eliminated)

    Sixth Round
    Calumet def. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-0 (Wisconsin-Whitewater eliminated)
    Lindenwood def. Robert Morris-Illinois, 4-2 (Robert Morris-Illinois eliminated)

    Calumet def. Midland, 4.5-1.5 (Second semifinal needed)
    Midland def. Calumet, 4-1 (Calumet eliminated)
    Wichita State def. Lindenwood, 4-2 (Lindenwood eliminated)


    2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships - Women's Match Play Results

    Double-elimination, best-of-seven games

    Third Round
    Emmanuel def. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-3 (Wisconsin-Whitewater eliminated)
    Delaware State def. Bowling Green, 4-1 (Bowling Green eliminated)
    Webber International def. Midland, 4-1 (Midland eliminated)
    Stephen F. Austin def. Wright State, 4-1 (Wright State eliminated)

    Fourth Round
    Grand View def. Emmanuel, 4-1 (Emmanuel eliminated)
    Wichita State def. Delaware State, 4-0 (Delaware State eliminated)
    McKendree def. Webber International, 4-1 (Webber International eliminated)
    Stephen F. Austin def. Lindenwood, 4-2 (Lindenwood eliminated)

    Fifth Round
    Robert Morris-Illinois def. Pikeville, 4-3
    North Carolina A&T def. St. Francis-Illinois, 4-3
    Wichita State def. Grand View, 4-2 (Grand View eliminated)
    Stephen F. Austin def. McKendree, 4-1 (McKendree eliminated)

    Sixth Round
    Wichita State def. Pikeville, 4.5-1.5 (Pikeville eliminated)
    St. Francis def. Stephen F. Austin, 4-2 (Stephen F. Austin eliminated)

    Robert Morris-Illinois def. Wichita State, 4-1 (Wichita State eliminated)
    North Carolina A&T def. St. Francis-Illinois, 4-0 (St. Francis-Illinois eliminated)