Women’s bowling on a roll


Whipple poses for an action shot on media day at Warhawk Alley

Brian Gale, Women's Sports Journalist

The Whitewater women’s bowling team has been on a roll lately and it doesn’t look like they will slow down any time soon. Led by last season’s division three rookie of the year Kelly Whipple who has had herself another fantastic season. As well as newcomer freshman Skye Farr who is a candidate for rookie of the year for division three. “All season Kelly and Skye have been able to put up big numbers for us.” says head coach Leann Sullivan. 

Whitewater recently Mid-Winter Classic in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The Warhawks were able to defeat number one ranked McKendree 1059-1037. Wthiewater had huge performances from Whipple who had a nice weekend averaging 205.6 in 5 games and finishing 26th individually out of 100 bowlers. Whitewater started the tournament 3-7 but would go 2-1 on bracket play to set up a rematch of Lincoln Memorial University who they lost to earlier in bracket play but this time they would come out on top to secure 9th place in the tournament. 

One of the biggest positives this group of Warhawks have is their team chemistry. “All of the players support one another. Whether they’re throwing the ball or on the sidelines. They cheer everyone on. We’ve been developing some really good team chemistry. Which is really important for this stretch of the season.” says Sullivan.

As for the negatives Whitewater needs to improve their averages. “We have a bunch of team goals and we have been reassessing our team goals to look at okay we are at this tier and how we can get to that next level. I think overall we get better at picking up our single pins which I compare to making a free throw in basketball kind of like those easy ones that you need to have. And just able to string strikes because when you can do that your score is going to go up. Successful teams are able to string strikes together.” says Sullivan.

The season is almost over for Whitewater but that means they have some key tournaments coming up. One of them being the Big Red Invite hosted by Nebraska Mar. 3-5. Then they will travel to the USBC Sectionals from Mar. 11-12. Then will wrap up the regular season at the Music City Classic hosted by Vanderbilt Mar.17-19.