DUBUQUE, Iowa -- In its first appearance at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships over the weekend, the Mount Mercy women's bowling team finished eighth in the overall team standings and reached the semifinals of the MCC match play portion of the tournament at Cherry Lanes.
Freshman Naomi Fisher was the top bowler for the Mustang women, finishing 22nd with 1,028 pins and a 171.33 average over six games. Senior Mariah Early, who maintained a 161.67 average with 970 pins in six games, placed 25th. Freshman Audrey Manternach was 28th (953 pins/158.83 avg./6 games), freshman Hillary Prokop 29th (946/157.67/6), freshman Kathryn Wheeler 45th (649/162.25/4) and freshman Breanna Fecht 56th (338/169.00/3).
William Penn was first in the overall women's standings with 8,527 pins and an average of 926.85. Next was St. Ambrose (8,382/911.09), Viterbo (Wis.) (8,240/895.65), Ashford (8,192/890.44), Grand View (7,973/866.63), Clarke (7,866/855.00), Mount Mercy (7,575/823.37) and Waldorf (6,487/705.11).
In the MCC match play portion of the tournament which decided the MCC champion, seventh-seeded Mount Mercy defeated second-seeded St. Ambrose, two games to one, in the first round before bowing out against third-seeded Viterbo in the semifinals, 2-0. The V-Hawks fell to top-seeded William Penn, 2-1, in the championship.The Mustangs are back in action this weekend at the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic at Western Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.