Collegiate Spotlight | Will Mateffy | Minnesota State Mankato

Name: Will Mateffy
School: Minnesota State University Mankato
Location of school: Mankato, MN
Year in School: Senior

What is your favorite part of collegiate bowling?
My favorite part about college bowling is being part of a team that cares about the sport of bowling as much as I do and being able to compete at such a high level of competition. Another part I love is seeing all of my friends that I have made from other teams across the country.

What is your preparation routine before a big event?
My preparation before a tournament is getting my physical game the way that I feel is good and getting my arsenal ready with the right surfaces and the right ball selections.

How often are you/your team working on your game(s)?
Our team practices Monday-Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm. We also have 1 on 1 times with the coaches to work on specific aspects.

What is teamwork? What does it look like on the lanes?
Teamwork means working together and pushing each other to be the best they can be, both on and off the lanes. Everybody sees the lanes differently, communication about the lanes and ball choice are essential pieces to perform well at tournaments and it is a way for the younger players to learn about lane play and transitions. Having someone that keeps up the energy is also important because it keeps everyone more active and involved throughout the entire tournament.

How important is the physical and mental game? Is one more important than the other?
Both aspects are very important but I believe that the mental game is more important. The mental game helps you bounce back from a bad game and help you focus on what you should be doing on the next pair. It also takes longer to develop and understand than the physical game, especially if your team needs to be on the same page.

How does Storm and their products help you and your team?
We are very blessed as a small program to be sponsored by the Storm and Roto Grip Companies and to that we say thank you very much! They have given us the best bowling ball options that are available on the current market and new equipment to replace all our old stuff, that are great for moving from pair to pair at tournaments.

What is your life like as a collegiate athlete?
My life as a collegiate athlete is great, I get to practice everyday with some of my best friends and study about my favorite topics that we discuss in class.

What does a typical practice session look like at your program?
We usually start by spreading out and throwing balls to get warmed up. After we are warmed up, we split into 2 groups and shoot at 10 10 pins and 10 7 pins. As a team each group has to make 10 consecutive 10 pins or 7 pins without missing, if someone misses, that group has to start over. The first group to 10 forces the other group to do 25 reps of something, whether it's push-ups, sit-ups or lunges etc. After we finish both 10's and 7's, we tend to do baker tournaments, can be 2, 3, 4 or 5 players.

Are there mandatory workouts at your program? If no, how do you stay fit?
We do not have mandatory workouts, I keep in shape by working out at the campus gym. I'll run around the track, play pick up basketball or lift weights. Outside of practice, I bowl on Tuesday night league.

How close/far is/are the practice facilities?
The practice facility is on campus, otherwise there are 2 other bowling alleys within 10 minutes of the school.


How interactive are your men’s and women’s teams?
The men's and women's teams practice together everyday. The 1 on 1 times are also scheduled between the men and women.

What is your favorite Storm bowling ball? Why?
My favorite Storm bowling ball has to be the IQ Tour Solid. I love the benchmark motion that it has and I can use it on any pattern. I have owned 4 of these and I'll order another one this semester to replace my oldest one.

How do you pick your limited (5 or 6 balls) arsenal for collegiate tournaments?
I pick my arsenal around my IQ Tour, since I use that ball every tournament. I have a urethane for my spare ball. The other 3 or 4, I'll usually have a strong ball that can roll early in the mid-lane. Next, I'll have a pearl for when the pattern gets burnt up and we need to start lofting. My last ball is a Roto Grip Show Off, it's a lower end ball, which is good for when my IQ Tour starts to lose its' surface and I need a little more backend. The other option is another IQ Tour but it has a different drilling. It all depends on what kind of tournament we go to, either a tier 1 or tier 2.

What is it like competing against friends on opposing teams?
I can say that it is so much to have side competition between all my friends. It's amazing the people that I have met through college bowling and that is why I love going to tournaments.

Is it possible to have a job at your program while going to school full time, bowling most days a week, traveling, etc?
Yes, it is possible to have a job. Employers are very flexible with students and are willing to work with you if you work with them. We have jobs on campus with very flexible hours and days.

What's the funniest thing that has happened in college bowling?
The funniest thing was last year at club nationals, my teammate was doing his final shot of college bowling and he decided to loft it. The first time he guttered but the second time, the ball slipped out of his hand and bounced off the gutter cap of his lane and landed on the lane to the right of him. It straightened out once it landed and struck the other lane! Everybody on our pair laughed and all the pairs next to us laughed and gave him high-fives.

What's one thing that a high school bowler should know before going into college that may surprise them?
College bowling is much more intense than high school. There are hundreds more players and many more teams at every tournament than the high school meets. It can be very intimidating but your teammates and coach will help you feel just as comfortable as you did in high school, while learning about the atmosphere at the same time.

Being a Student-Athlete: What You Should Know

 These College Bowling thoughts are brought to you by Kenzie Hollamon, 20, a Freshman at Calumet College of Saint Joseph. Kenzie is studying English with a focus in literature and creative writing. She previously attended a community college in Washington state on a women's soccer scholarship.

Entering the world of college athletics is a wonderfully terrifying experience, it entails many hours of hard work on and off the lanes, dedication, and perseverance. As a student-athlete myself I’ve come across some tactics and strategies to take full advantage of my time as both a student and an athlete.

  1. Time Management - Finding a schedule that works for all the aspects you are trying to take on during this experience is key. You have 24 hours in the day, make the most of those hours doing things that are beneficial to your growth as an individual.
  2. Organization - Having your schedule laid out in front of you every day will help you keep hold of your head. It’s extremely easy to become overwhelmed balancing classes, practices, and workouts having a schedule written down can help you stay calm and less stressed.
  3. Motivation - The drive to become a well-educated individual has to equal the drive to become the best athlete you can be.
  4. Take a Breath - Overloading your schedule is easy, take a step back and breath, don’t lose your sanity trying to do too much at once.
  5. Priorities - Remember you are a student before an athlete, education and classes must be your number on priority.
  6. Have Fun - Remember to have fun, in such serious situations such as college athletics you can lose your head and the “why” you’re doing this in the first place. Remember why you started this journey.
  7. Positive Mindset - You are your biggest competitor, trying to keep a positive mindset is easier said than done but the attempt alone can make your mind change from doubt to inspiration.
  8. Environment - Find other individuals that have the same drive and ambitions as you, surrounding yourself with other inspired people will create an environment ready for growth and improvements.

Overall remember to enjoy the experience, make the most out of everything that comes your way with the opportunity of being a student-athlete. Take a step back when things start to become overwhelming to you, don’t feel obligated to overload your schedule, allow yourself to breathe.

Storm Collegiate Signs Wichita State University Shockers

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Bowling Products is excited to announce an addition to an already strong Storm Collegiate lineup for the 2017-2018 collegiate season.

The most successful program in collegiate bowling, Wichita State University has officially signed on as a Storm-sponsored college.

“We are beyond excited to embark on this journey with Storm Products,” Wichita State head coach Gordon Vadakin said. “We know this partnership will certainly help move our program forward, and we are always looking to do that."

The Wichita State Shockers have proven their strength in the collegiate ranks.

With 20 total national championships, nine singles national championships, 18 Academic All-Americans, 140 All-Americans and 11 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Bowlers of the Year, the Shocker program show no signs of stopping.

Storm Collegiate is a Storm Products initiative focused on giving collegiate teams the extra boost they need to succeed on the lanes.

Initiated in 2007, the Storm Collegiate Program is a way to support young and up and coming bowlers in our sport.

With more than 40 Storm-sponsored collegiate teams, Storm realizes they are an instrumental part of the bowling industry and believe by giving them the support of Storm Bowling Products, they will succeed on a higher level.

For more information about the Storm Collegiate Program, visit


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