Shirley ties for ninth at MSC Championships
Monday, February 15, 2016
Shirley ties for ninth at MSC Championships
Freshman Savannah Shirley tied for ninth in singles and placed 15th in doubles over the weekend at the Mid-South Conference Championships.

LEBANON, Tenn. – Savannah Shirley tied for ninth in singles while Shirley and Taylor Wagner placed 15th in doubles and Anh Nguyen and John Issac Davis finished 18th in doubles, leading the Cumberland bowling teams at the Mid-South Conference Championships over the weekend in Bowling Green, Ky.

Cumberland tied for seventh as a team in both the men’s and women’s competitions, with both clubs winning their opening match before falling to top-seeded University of Pikeville. Both squads then won a match in the loser’s bracket before dropping their second outing in the tournament.

Shirley, a freshman from Lebanon, registered 903 pins in five games, an average of 180.6 per game, tying with Pikeville’s Christine Johnston. Shirley finished just 35 pins from a Top 5 showing.

Sophomore Lauren Taylor placed 30th with 811 pins, while senior Margaret Moss and Wagner were 56th and 57th, respectively, with 739 and 718 pins and Karlie Odum came in 71st with 605.

In doubles Wagner and Shirley combined for 1,621 pins, only 11 from the Top 12 in the field.

Nguyen, a junior from Annandale, Va., paced the men’s squad, finishing 26th with 952 pins in his five games, an average of 190.4. Sophomore Cris Brooks placed 30th with 940 pins, while senior Chris Stewart tallied 912 (39th), senior Davis collected 899 (44th) and sophomore Chase Midgett was 53rd with 887.

Davis and Nguyen posted 1,851 pins in doubles, just 19 from 14th place, and Midgett and Stewart finished 25th with 1,799 pins.

In the team competition Cumberland’s men defeated Union College, 4-3 (171-166, 171-176, 187-171, 178-177, 137-180, 155-207, 186-158, 156-138), before dropping a 4-2 decision (199-163, 137-200, 182-196, 187-183, 171-235, 201-210). The Phoenix won, 4-2, against Life University (143-178, 191-157, 223-169, 157-182, 200-167, 161-41) but lost, 4-0, to Bethel University (132-196, 139-188, 156-203, 137-205).

The women followed the same path, defeating Martin Methodist, 4-1 (123-110, 146-128, 171-159, 94-156, 207-124), before losing 4-0 to Pikeville (104-163, 133-174, 125-152, 150-212). CU rebounded with a 4-1 victory against Lindsey Wilson (118-154, 153-120, 183-145, 164-157, 173-110) but dropped a 4-0 decision to St Catharine College (170-202, 153-220, 138-148, 167-178).