LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Union men's bowling team made a strong impression at the Mid-South Conference Tournament over the weekend, rallying after a first-round loss to advance to the finals before falling in the title round. The women's team posted a fifth-place finish.
The tournament was held at the Ken-Bowl Lanes in Louisville, Ky.
Also, Union had five honored with individual awards. Head coach Chelsea Gilliam was named MSC Women's Co-Coach of the Year, sharing with Larry Luvisi of St. Catharine (Ky.).
"I'm honored to be even considered for this award, especially in only my second year of coaching," said Gilliam. "For these coaches to think this highly of me is humbling. I am very appreciative of this award."
Union also had four bowlers to make the MSC All-Academic Team. Marissa Campbell, Laurel Everett and Meredith Morrison earned the award for the women's team, while Wayne King is the men's lone representative.
In the men's competition, Union entered as the eighth and lowest seed, but the Bulldogs made some noise.
The Bulldogs lost their first match 4-2 (155-168, 164-160, 160-207, 219-166, 204-144, 214-145) to No. 1 seed Pikeville (Ky.) before reeling off four victories in a row in the consolation bracket to make the championship round.
Union first defeated fifth-seeded Cumberlands (Ky.) 4-2-1 (184-184, 189-205, 190-165, 172-161, 183-158, 190-203, 144-141) to eliminate the Patriots. Next, Union took down No. 3 seed Bethel (Tenn.) in a 4-2 match. This win was particularily impressive given the Wildcats won the first two games before the Bulldogs won the final four with the last two decisions being decided by a total of eight pins. The scores were 113-256, 165-192, 200-189, 213-205, 198-194, 179-175.
In another 4-2 win, Union dropped two of the first three games to No. 2 seed Campbellsville (Ky.) before collecting the 168-173, 206-166, 157-161, 219-162, 174-165, 170-167 decision. In the consolation finale, the Bulldogs were pushed to the brink but pulled out the 4-3 win over No. 7 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), winning 188-179, 119-178, 155-158, 171-190, 149-146, 176-167, 145-133.
However, Union ran out of gas as Pikeville won the championship match 4-0 by the scores of 221-168, 234-187, 204-183, 201-131.
In the women's competition, Union went 1-2 to place fifth.
No. 3 seed Bethel got the better of the sixth-seeded Bulldogs in the opening round, winning 4-0 by the scores of 169-142, 181-147, 176-153, 169-150. Union regrouped and ousted No. 7 seed Lindsey Wilson from the tournament with a 4-3 victory, winning 151-157, 156-117, 182-126,185-155, 133-190, 170-133.
But the Bulldogs' momentum ended there as No. 5 seed Campbellsville bounced Union from the tournament with a 4-1 decision (191-146, 200-134, 177-213, 221-150, 180-175).
Union now awaits word if either team has qualified for any postseason tournaments.