Webber International women win ITC

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Webber International women won their second title in three years as they defeated Midland, 2-0, to win the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships.

Webber women trophyIn the final, which was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network, Webber International took the opening game 189-173 and then won Game 2 by a score of 229-146.

"I think this is validation of all the hard work and dedication our players have put in this season," said Webber International women's coach Randy Stoughton, whose squad defeated McKendree to win the 2010 title. "Every one of our players could have bowled somewhere else, but they came here because we created an environment to win national championships."

The Webber women got off to a bit of a shaky start to the championship match, starting with back-to-back open frames before quickly rebounding with consecutive strikes. From that point forward, they didn't have another open.

"We just kept calm and taking deep breaths," Webber International anchor Katie Thornton said. "We had the model the whole week - you fill frames, you win games; you win games, you win matches; you win matches, you win the championship."

The tournament's most valuable player honors went to Midland's Erin McCarthy. Joining McCarthy on the women's all tournament team was Diana Zavjalova of Webber International, Nicole Parkhurst of Stephen F. Austin, Brandi Branka of McKendree and Amanda Greene of Lindenwood.

The USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships men's final between Webber International and Wichita State will air on CBS Sports Network on May 25 at 10 p.m. Eastern.