INDIANAPOLIS -- The Mount Mercy women's bowling team finished in the top six while the Mustang men were eliminated in round three of match play at the NAIA Invitational over the weekend at the Kegel Training Center.
The 24 men's teams and 20 women's teams competing at the event bowled 20 Baker games on Friday to determine seeding for match play on Saturday and Sunday. The Mount Mercy women's squad was seeded 11th, the men 19th.
After losing to sixth-seeded Marian in their first head-to-head match up, the Mount Mercy women defeated 14th-seeded Huntington, fourth-seeded St. Ambrose and top-seeded Grand View to make it all the way to the seventh round.
Third-seeded Midland knocked the Mustangs out of the double-elimination tournament in round seven, then advanced all the way to the finals before losing to second-seeded Webber International.
On the men's side, 14th-seeded Ashford took down Mount Mercy in round one. In their second head-to-head match up, 13th-seeded Martin Methodist eliminated the Mustangs two rounds later.
The Mount Mercy women's bowling team is done for the year, while the Mustang men will compete at the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships next month in Lincoln, Neb.
"I'm so proud of these kids," said Head Coach Glenn Healy. "The men continue to play well and the women finished in the top six at this tournament. The men's team had three second-year players and five first-year players, while the women had two second-year players and six first-year players. The skill and fight they exhibited was amazing."