ROCHELLE — Back-to-back wins are how the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity bowling team concluded the first week of its season. After defeating Ottawa on the road Tuesday evening, Rochelle hosted Morris for an Interstate 8 Conference match at T-Byrd Lanes on Thursday.
Sophomore Cassidy Vincent rolled a team-high 531 series as the Lady Hubs took all three games in their 2,203-1,885 series sweep over the Redskins. Junior Faith Adams threw a 399 series score, while freshman Kylie McCullough followed with a 369 series for the Lady Hubs.
“It’s the first time we’ve been 2-0 since I started coaching here,” head coach Eric Widick said. “Our girls are fighters and they fight through their struggles. We’ve had some nerves over these first few matches, but I think our team scores increased from the start of each match to the end. We’ll need to rest up because we’re going to have a lot of matches in the next few weeks. It’ll also be important for our girls to focus on maintaining their consistency and their ball speed.”
Vincent led the Lady Hubs (2-0, 2-0 Interstate 8) over Morris 677-633 in the first game, shooting a series-best 200 score. Rochelle extended its lead in the second game, winning 767-629 behind a 191 from Vincent and a 138 from Adams. The Lady Hubs completed the three-game sweep with a 759-623 victory over the Redskins in the third game, where McCullough fired a series-high 154 and junior Anahi Alanis recorded a series-high 161 to end with a 367 series.
“Cassidy’s really confident and she was throwing the ball really well early in the match,” Widick said. “I’m very impressed with how Kylie has come in as a freshman. She was able to pick our team up later in the match when we were struggling and I’m glad that we’ve had multiple girls contributing. Our focus moving forward will be having Cassidy and Kylie bowling well together.”
Rochelle will bowl in the Jefferson J-Hawk Invitational at Rockford’s Cherry Bowl on Saturday.