WPU begins its season Saturday and Sunday in Wisconsin
WPU begins its season Saturday and Sunday in Wisconsin
Women's Bowling - Thu, Oct. 5, 2017

Letterwinners returning/lost: 7/3

Notable returners:
Bailey Palmer, So., Ottumwa, Iowa
(Letterwinner, 192.4 avg., high of 263)
Kayla Gifford, So., Camanche, Iowa
(Letterwinner, 178.2 avg., high of 209)
Audra Farley,  Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Letterwinner, 175.2 avg., high of 241)
Nicole Craft, So., Wakefield, Neb.
(Letterwinner, 173.4 avg., high of 251)

Notable losses:
Stephanie Adams
MacKenzie Boyd
(Four-time letterwinner)
Briell Newberry
(Three-time letterwinner)

Notable newcomers:
Nicole Mottier, Fr., Madison, Wis.
Abbey Fangman, Fr., Waterloo, Iowa

The Statesmen women's bowling team has talent and experience on its side as it hits the lanes for 2017-2018.

Head Coach Mark Van Wyk's team earned a berth for sectionals once again in 2016-2017, but came up just short of a nationals berth.  This year's team, led by Bailey Palmer (So., Ottumwa, Iowa, Undecided), is primed to get over that hump, though, for the first time since 2012.

Palmer guided the navy and gold last year with a 192.4 average, including six top-25 finishes; four of those were top-10 efforts.

The quartet of Kayla Gifford (So., Camanche, Iowa, Biology) (178.2), Audra Farley (Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Education) (175.2), Nicole Craft (So., Wakefield, Neb., Physical Education) (173.4), and Amber Ovel (Jr., Waterloo, Iowa, Business Management) (173.3) also return to bolster the squad after all averaged above 170 a year ago.

Cybil Lennie (Sr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Human Services), who averaged 163.0 pins last year, is battling some injuries right now, but should be a factor once healthy in a few weeks.  Kaylee Gerken (Jr., Dubuque, Iowa, Elementary Education), with a 163.5 average, should also vie for a starting spot.

Fellow returners Rachel Wesely (So., Dallas City, Ill., Sociology) (147.5) and Maddison Saner (So., Ottumwa, Iowa, Elementary Education) (142.6) are expected to add depth.

Van Wyk attacked the recruiting trails and snatched up a few strong newcomers.  Nicole Mottier (Fr., Madison, Wis., Computer Science) and Abbey Fangman (Fr., Waterloo, Iowa, Elementary Education) top the crew, while Emily Barth (Fr., Cedar Falls, Iowa, Human Services and Psychology) will battle for a spot on the travel roster as well.


William Penn's 10-tournament slate begins this weekend with a drive to Wauwatosa, Wis. to compete in the Midwest Championships.  Highlighting the season is the team's holiday trip to Las Vegas, Nev., while the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic will conclude the regular season on February 17-18.