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Bowling - Sun, Apr. 3, 2016

The Grand View bowling teams competed at the NAIA Team Championships in Anderson, Indiana over the weekend.

The Viking men went into the tournament seeded third after 24 Baker Games. GV defeated St. Francis (Ill.) 3-2 to advance in the tourney where they next knocked off the top team in the nation, Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.), 3-1. GVU then fell to Midland (Neb.), but remained alive in double elimination play and moved on to face fellow Iowa rival St. Ambrose. Grand View then moved into the top four after defeating the Fighting Bees 3.5 games to 1.5. The men lost to Webber International (Fla.) in the semifinals to finish in fourth place overall; the highest finish ever for the program.

Following the tourney, freshman Sam Cantrell (Citrus Heights, Calif.) was one of just five in the field of over 150 bowlers that were voted to the All-Tournament Team. Cantrell was also runner-up for NAIA Rookie of the Year.

The Viking women were seeded fourth after 24 Baker Games headed into Saturday. They defeated Calumet College of St. Joseph 3-1 and then fell to Marian 3-2. The ladies rebounded to beat Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 3-1. GVU then faced St. Ambrose, a nail biter that went down to the final frames in game five. GV came up just short in the 3-2 loss and finished in seventh place.

Junior Brittany Smith (Des Moines, Iowa) was selected as a First Team All-American for the third straight year and Smith was also voted as the 2016 NAIA Women's Bowler of the Year.

17 Viking bowlers were recognized during the tournament as Academic All-Americans – Stephanie Beyea, Sarah Muench, Brittany Smith, Amanda Duplan, Makayla Ericksen, Hannah Munson, Melissa Wucherpfennig, Allison Jones, Jessica Sellers, Rileigh Fagan, Taya July, Elizabeth Kras, Conner Lingley, Shawn Agan, Zach Fries, Cord McMahon, and Lane Richtsmeier.

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