The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Bowling program is off to a great start for the 2013-2014 season. In the first tournament of the season, the Patriot ladies placed second out of six Mid-South Conference (MSC) teams and placed third overall out of a total of twelve teams. The men placed fourth out of eight MSC teams and sixth overall out of 12 teams. This was a great showing by the men and women as this is the first season in school history. With that tournament behind them, the most recent MSC standings have been released and both programs are in great positions. The women's team stands solid in the number two seed, with a 5-1 record and a win percentage of .833. The men's squad sits in fourth, with a 4-3 record and a win percentage of .571.
The Patriots look ahead to a full schedule of conference tournaments throughout the remainder of the season. On January 25th, the teams will travel to Richmond, KY to participate in the Bulldog Classic and to Lexington, KY on February 9th to compete in the Thomas Burris Memorial tournament. The MSC championship will be held February 21st – 22nd in Louisville, KY. The regular season champion is determined from the three regular season conference tournaments, by win/loss record. The tournament champion is determined by their performance at conference, where the teams are seeded into brackets based on regular season standings, similar to a basketball playoff bracket.
"Having both teams in the top half of the conference after our first ever tournament is a credit to our talented bowlers and to the support and dedication of the administration here at the University of the Cumberlands," commented UC Bowling Coach Kevin Reigle. "It's great to have such a solid start to our first season in the Mid-South Conference. Now we just need to continue working hard and keep improving throughout the season. I'm very proud of the performances of our men and women's teams at the Green River Classic."
The Patriots will be back in action on October 19-20, 2013 as they travel to Centerville, OH to participate in the Black and Orange Classic.
For more information on the Patriot Bowling program as well as all other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article by Annie Bailey, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Graduate Assistant