Alexis Voiers wins another P-T women’s title
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent January 6, 2013 11:12PM
P-T Winter Sport Shot Classic
Semifinals: Brian Gunn def. Mike Kubacki 225-189; Jerry Marrs def. Dale Laurinas 247-225
Championship: Marrs def. Gunn 265-217
Semifinals: Kelly Gulick def. Caitlin Hofmann 215-164; Alexis Voiers def. Kelly Gough 202-156
Championship: Voiers def. Gulick 269-166
Semifinals: Nick Laviolette def. Jerry James 255-200; Kevin McCune def. Johnny Gorches 178-132
Championship: McCune def. Laviolette 190-188
Updated: February 8, 2013 6:26AM
DYER — After bowling just a 136 in her final game of qualifying, Chesterton’s Alexis Voiers was just grateful to have reached match play in the women’s division at Sunday’s Post-Tribune Sport Shot Classic at Stardust Bowl III.
But the 2009 P-T Awards Tournament champion rediscovered her form in match play, defeating 2011 P-T champion Kayla Riffle 210-200 in the quarterfinals and former P-T bowler of the year Kelly Gough 202-156 in the semifinals before cruising to a 269-166 victory over Lisa Gulick in the championship.
Voiers opened the final with a strike and followed with a spare. From there, she rattled off strikes on her next eight shots to seal the victory.
“The championship match was the best I bowled all day,” Voiers said. “I squeaked into the top eight, but I felt a little more comfortable in match play; then things really came together.”
Voiers actually made a ball change — though admitting too late — in the 136 game. Against Riffle, Voiers had to double in the 10th frame to win. Against Gough, she maintained her form while Gough uncharacteristically struggled.
“I didn’t change balls until the seventh frame,” she said. “By then the lanes were really breaking down and the ball was hooking. But winning the two matches in match-play really got me confident.”
Winning the title was especially thrilling for Voiers because her daughter won the NWI High School Junior Varsity tournament for Chesterton on Saturday.
“She’s only in eighth grade, but they allow her to bowl JV,” she said. “So to be able to win this tournament today is especially exciting. It was a exciting weekend for us.”
For Gulick, she started strong with strikes on her first two shots, but was sabotaged in the next three frames with splits. She picked up the 4-7-10 in the fourth frame, but she found herself behind 50 pins with five frames to go after an open in the fifth.
To reach the finals, Gulick defeated Alice Veenstra 257-220 in the quarterfinal and Caitlin Hofmann 215-164 in the semifinals. Against Voiers, she made a ball change after the sixth frame and struck in the seventh and eighth.
“With the 257 and 215, I felt I had a really good look going into the championship,” Gulick said. “I changed balls going into the championship, thinking the lanes would play similar. After the opens, I made another change, but Alexis was bowling so well already. It was a bad ball change at the start.
“But I’m not complaining. I bowled the event the last time and reached the top eight before losing in the first match. So I did much better than the last time.”