Robert Morris-Illinois wins women's ITC title

RENO, Nev. - The Robert Morris-Illinois women swept their way to the national title at the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships.

Robert Morris-Illinois swept Pikeville, 3-0, to claim its first Kerm Helmer Cup. The championship match aired nationally on CBS Sports Network.

The four-week series of college bowling's national championships will come to a close next week when the ITC men's show airs May 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

Despite an ominous pocket 7-10 to start the finals, the Robert Morris-Illinois women battled back in the opener to even the match going into the 10th frame. Robert Morris-Illinois senior Samantha Kelly delivered two strikes to clinch the first game, 196-184.

"I trusted my line and my shot and knew I had eight girls behind me," Kelly said. "So no matter what I did, they would have my back the next game."

Robert Morris-Illinois cruised to victories of 192-167 and 213-163 in the best-of-five format to claim its first ITC title.

"We trusted ourselves, made our shots and filled frames," Robert Morris-Illinois graduate student Lori Hanken said. "This is a dream come true. When we got on this stage, it was our time and this is what we were waiting for. We were going to go and take it, and that's exactly what these girls did."

Pikeville's Katelyn Simpson and was named the women's most valuable player. Joining Simpson on the women's all-tournament team was Kelly, Hanken, Brittany Smith of Grand View and Brianna Larson of Pikeville.

XBowling is the title sponsor of the collegiate national championships. XBowling is a first-of-its-kind bowling app that empowers bowlers to connect and compete using their smart phone or tablet devices while bowling within XBowling enabled centers locally, across the country and around the world.  The XBowling platform allows bowlers to enter challenges, view live scoring, and compete remotely while bowling.

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