By Emil Williams Jr.
ADDISON, Ill. – Wichita State sophomore Mary Orf posted the highest qualifying score of the day to lead the women’s division at the 2022 Intercollegiate Singles Championships, while St. Ambrose senior Nathan Stubler paced the men’s field as competition began Tuesday at Stardust Bowl.
The 24 men and 24 women, who earned spots in the event through sectional qualifying, bowled six games of qualifying Tuesday morning to determine the bracket for match play. The top eight qualifiers received a first-round bye, while the remainder of the field started match play Tuesday afternoon.
Orf opened her six-game qualifying round with a game of 262, and she closed with 245 to post a 1,324 total, a 220.66 average. She won the Dallas sectional to advance to the national tournament and is continuing her winning pace through the first day of competition.
“It’s pretty awesome knowing that all the pieces are coming together at the right time,” Orf said of corralling the top qualifying position. “With all the help I’ve had throughout the season from my coaches at Wichita State, and them welcoming me into their program with open arms, really means a lot to me. Getting off to a good start is just a great confidence booster, and having a first-round bye gives me time to talk with Coach Rick (Steelsmith) and strategize for match play. Overall, I’m just really excited for the remainder of the week.”
Orf will square off against Rebecca Dodson of Mount St. Mary’s when the second round of match play begins Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. Dodson recently was announced as part of the 2022 National Tenpin Coaches Association All-America team as an honorable mention.
Match play is single elimination, and all bracket matches consist of three games, with total pinfall determining the winner.
Dodson won her opening match against Victoria Giardina of Lawrence Tech, 577-532, on Tuesday to advance.
Also winning their opening matches in the women’s division were Olivia Farwell and Kiearra Saldi of Duquesne, Webber International’s Kelsie Zanin, Brystal Beyer and Chloe Skurzynski of Stephen F. Austin, Vanderbilt’s Amanda Naujokas and Shelbi Morris of Campbellsville.
In the men’s division, Stubler noted because of Monday’s practice session and Tuesday’s qualifying round, he was able to see the fresh and true transition of the lane pattern twice ahead of match play. This was helpful because if he didn’t have a good look in practice, he could find something during qualifying without the stress of being eliminated.
“I was really fortunate today that my look in qualifying was very similar to practice yesterday,” said Stubler, who ended the six-game block with a 238 game and 1,238 total (206.33 average). “I was really happy about that. I was able to get off to a good start with a couple of games of 210 or better (214, 213), and from then on, I tried to see how transition would play out and played it safe.”
Stubler will battle Dylan Dobran of Calumet on Wednesday morning. Dobran edged Tennessee Southern’s Ian Fitzpatrick, 500-496, to advance.
Also advancing in the men’s division with first-round wins were Dillon McArthur of Indiana Tech, William Penn’s Rok Kostric, CJ Petrin of Oklahoma Christian, Dakota Solonka of St. Ambrose, Austin Grammar of Webber International, Mount Mercy’s Kai Yamada and Newman’s James McIver.
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INTERCOLLEGIATE SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Stardust Bowl, Addison, Ill.
Men’s match play, first round
Dylan Dobran, Calumet def. Ian Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Southern, 500-496.
Dillon McArthur, Indiana Tech def. Antonio Corea, South Florida, 521-496.
Rok Kostric, William Penn def. Jordan Monnens, St. Ambrose, 620-580.
CJ Petrin, Oklahoma Christian def. Yannick Roos, SCAD-Savannah, 617-563.
Dakota Solonka, St. Ambrose def. Matthew Mesecher, Webber International, 597-471.
Austin Grammar, Webber International def. Devean Littlejohn, Tennessee Wesleyan, 519-484.
Kai Yamada, Mount Mercy def. Alec Keplinger, Wichita State, 603-559.
James McIver, Newman def. Kory Driver, Tennessee Wesleyan, 584-528.
First-round byes: Nathan Stubler, St. Ambrose; Brandon Vallone, William Paterson; Seth Gass, McKendree; Tyler Synovec, Newman; Bryce Oliver, Pikeville; Daniel Chin, Calumet; Cameron Crowe, St. Ambrose; Nick Larsen, Webber International
Women’s match play, first round
Rebecca Dodson, Mount St. Mary’s def. Victoria Giardina, Lawrence Tech, 577-532.
Olivia Farwell, Duquesne def. Britaney Myers, McKendree, 595-554.
Kelsie Zanin, Webber International def. Megan Allensworth, St. Francis-Illinois, 535-522.
Brystal Beyer, Stephen F. Austin def. Averi Brown, Louisiana Tech, 591-582.
Amanda Naujokas, Vanderbilt def. Caitlin Mertins, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 601-489.
Kiearra Saldi, Duquesne def. Madison McCall, Tulane, 623-535.
Shelbi Morris, Campbellsville def. Daniella DeCruydt Lawrence Tech, 591-545.
Chloe Skurzynski, Stephen F. Austin def. Elena Carr, Mount Mercy, 637-522.
First-round byes: Mary Orf, Wichita State; Rebecca Hagerman, McKendree; Hope Gramly, McKendree; Mabel Cummins, Vanderbilt; Tamera Stanton, Mount St. Mary’s; Megan Hess, St. Ambrose; Serenity Quintero, St. Francis-Illinois; Anna Warkel, McKendree