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Bowlers finish strong in national match

Special to the Observer | Wednesday, December 3, 2003

The Notre Dame bowling club’s men’s squad competed this weekend in the prestigious National Collegiate Team Match Games in St. Louis.  The club finished 47th in a field of strong teams from across the country.Pikeville College won the event, with several national powers including runner-up Wichita State, Kansas, Central Florida, San Jose State, Cal State Fullerton, Nebraska, Florida State, Purdue, and Florida following.Varsity teams competed with the clubs as well.Captain Jason Raver’s 170.1 average led the Irish, with a high game of 219. Gave Torres rolled the team high game, 244, on lanes oiled for professional competition. Dan Martin and Matt Nieves each posted 193 high pin games, while Vance McClenton’s top game was 169. The Irish team average of 158.2 led to the team’s improved standing over last year’s performance. The club’s scores were progressively higher with each game and the strong finish has infused the club with confidence heading into the heart of the schedule.