The last time St. John's has finished in the top 3 of a Tier 1 college tournament was the 2010-11 season at the same event. That year, the team narrowly missed out on winning the event by 55 pins. This year, the team fell quite a bit behind the leader West Texas A&M, but was in contention for second place throughout the entire event.
Day 1 saw the team 50 pins out of 2nd behind Iowa Central Community College. Senior Will Blanco earned All-Tournament Team honors by shooting a 1,318 series for six games, and Brandon Soedarmasto was right behind him at 1,306, which was good for eighth place overall. Every Johnny that started finished in the top 25 in the event, and the low man on the day shot a 1,207 set.
Day 2 featured 12 2-game baker matches, and the team struggled with poor carry and inconsistency, but they managed to stave off a late run by Hastings College and snag third place in the event. The team also shot a 290 in game 20 of competition.
Next on the schedule will be the EIBC conference tournament, which is a one day event that will take place at Knob Hill Lanes in Manalapan, NJ on February 4th.
The SJU bowling team had one of its best performances of the season in the one-day event on Friday at the Orleans in Las Vegas. The format was 7 team games with the highest total pin fall, plus bonus pins, being awarded the title. Each match was worth 50 bonus pins.
All five slots in the lineup managed to finish at an even 200 average or better during the day on a 39 foot USBC Nationals Team pattern. Leading the way was Brandon Soedarmasto, who placed third to earn All-Tournament Team honors with a series of 1,580 (225.71 average).
The team went 5-2 in matches, including shooting a 1,178 set in the middle game.
Next up is the two-day Tier 1 event, the Rebel Classic. Tomorrow's format will feature 6 team games, followed by 12 2-game baker matches on Sunday.
The St. John's bowling team had a relatively disappointing finish at both Christmas Tournaments in Allentown, Pa. The team placed 12th in each event out of 31 varsity teams. The first tournament at Haja Rose Bowl saw SJU finish 884 pins behind the leader University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. They finished 667 pins off the lead at the second event at Parkway Lanes.
Individually, Will Blanco led the team at Rose Bowl with a 202.4 average for five games, while Brandon Soedarmasto led the team at the Parkway tournament, averaging 196.2 for five games.
The team will resume competition January 27-29 when the top eight players fly to Las Vegas for the Sin City Open and the Rebel Classic, which is a Tier 1 tournament.