The Erie Community College bowling teams finished second and third at the 40th annual NJCAA National Bowling tournament, hosted by Erie at AMF Thruway Lanes March 5-6.
The women’s squad could not overcome a slow start in the singles and doubles portion of the event on Friday and trailed Hudson Valley Community College by 408 pins entering play Saturday.
The Lady Vikings took control with first and third place finishes in the doubles and swept the singles competition. Erie’s duos finished 4-5-6 in the doubles event.
Victoria Harvey teamed with her sister Allyson Harvey to finish fourth with 1,193, just two pins from third. Corey Bernard and Jenna Law were fifth with 1,159 and Krystal Gravelle and Gina Maduri sixth at 1,156.
Victoria Harvey managed the Lady Kats best singles finish in sixth place with 624.
On Saturday morning, Hudson Valley proved to be too much, pulling away to an insurmountable lead. They totaled 13, 672 to the Lady Kats 13, 030.
Erie did get strong finishes in the second block of five-man team to grab three All-American spots. Victoria Harvey, Gina Maduri, and Corey Bernard finished third, seventh, and eighth respectively in the All-Events. Maduri was an All-American in 2009 as well.
The men’s competition was close on Saturday as Erie took the early lead after the singles and doubles portion.
The Kats Alex Petri and Tom Tucker teamed to shoot 1,341 to finish second in the doubles event. Jake Kent and Dave Zajac were fourth with 1,325 and Ted Chojecki and Richard Farrington were sixth with 1,312.
Kent was second in the singles event, shooting 710. Adam Parry was sixth with 677.
Erie rolled 6,467 to take a 62-pin lead into the first five-man block over Vincennes and increased that lead to over 100 pins heading into the third game. Vincennes then took the lead with a 1,167 third game. Hudson Valley also moved past Erie as well with a 1,140 third game.
Vincennes shot 6,778 in the five-man portion, besting everyone in the field by 429 pins to pull away with nine Baker games remaining.
Hudson Valley was able to hold off Erie and finish second with 14,343. They were 745 pins behind Vincennes who finished with 15,088. Erie was third with 14,161.