FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. -- The Mount Mercy women's bowling team finished fifth after qualifying for match play and the Mustang men moved up four spots on the final day to place 14th at the McKendree (Ill.) Baker Challenge.
The Mount Mercy women opened strong on Saturday, averaging 186 over 24 baker games which put them in fourth place. A 179 average on Sunday had the Mustangs in fifth, but got them into head-to-head match play against Newman.
Mount Mercy dropped the opening game against Newman, 172-169, before taking game two, 181-169. Game three came down to Newman's anchor bowler, who came through for a one-pin victory.
"Our women battled the entire tournament," said Head Coach Glenn Healy. "We continue to show great teamwork. The fifth-place finish is a big thing with the strength of field that was there."
After a slow start on Saturday that included a 185 average, the Mustang men picked it up on Sunday to move up four spots to 14th. Mount Mercy averaged 192 on day two and 188 for the tournament.
"With adjustments and a commitment on lane play together, we were determined to climb the ladder on Sunday," Healy said.
The Clarke Conference Invitational is coming up this weekend in Dubuque. Action takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Cherry Lanes.