UAB’s women’s bowling team qualifies for USBC National Championship

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UAB’s women’s bowling team. Photo via Facebook.

Strap on your bowling shoes and cheer on the UAB women’s bowling team because they have some big news!

After competing in the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Regional Championship, the UAB women’s bowling team has qualified for the USBC National Championships. The sectional consisted of 64 games played over two days with a total pin fall determining the top four teams. UAB amassed a 9,274 pin fall over a total of 16 games, earning them the No. 4 spot and a bid to the championship.

If you don’t know much about the sport of bowling, the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championship is a culmination of the top NCAA, NAIA and Club bowling programs from across the country. This is a huge win for the Blazers!

“Words cannot describe our excitement for qualifying for the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships,” said head coach, Michelle Crews. “This has been our goal since the reinstatement. We have a really young team, but they are very talented and their potential is endless!”

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UAB’s women’s bowling team. Photo via Facebook.

Joining the UAB staff in June of 2011, Michelle is the first and only head coach UAB’s women’s bowling program has ever had.

“This team has grown so much over the last year and a half,” said Michelle. “They have been working so hard physically and mentally preparing for this event and it showed… the girls never gave up and fought hard for every pin they put on the board and gave everything they had down to their last frame.”

According to Michelle, there is much more to the sport than just the bowling. It also involved a lot of preparation.

“We are working through our physical games to execute and make the best shots we can, but we are also talking through team chemistry, communication, mental game, bowling ball motion, oil patters, etc.,” said Michelle. “This team gets all the components we are working on and has learned to really implement them in our competitions and stay present and in the moment.”

The team will hit the lanes at the USBC National Championship April 19-21 at the Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska. The final round of the championship will be taped and televised on CBS Sports Network this May.

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