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Davenport University Men Win 2011 Bowling Invitational

April 03, 2011

Article courtesty of Davenport University

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. - Entering the tournament as the No. 15 seed did not seem to bother the men's bowling team as they continued their outstanding play as of late by taking top honors at the NAIA Invite hosted in Indianapolis, Ind. over the weekend.

After qualifying for USBC nationals two weeks ago at the Sectional Tournament, head coach George Miller and assistant Mike Eaton kept their squad on fire in the first ever Invite that featured 23 teams that are associated with the NAIA from around the country.

NAIA elevated bowling to emerging sport status last summer. The move by one of the nation's governing bodies for collegiate athletics puts bowling on the path to becoming a championship sport for dozens of additional colleges and universities across the country.

Davenport defeated William Penn (Iowa) in the championship match in the baker format where they won three of the four games in the best of five scenario.

"We've got a group of guys who have really come to life in the last few weeks," Davenport men's coach Mike Eaton said. "Our bracket seemed pretty tough, but some of the top teams got beat early and that really helped us out."