East Islip’s Julianna Spina wasn’t comfortable bowling on her hometown East Islip lanes. Something didn't feel right.
“The lanes were transitioning much quicker than I was expecting," Spina said, taking note of the slick lanes. "So I had to make a ball change,”
Spina owns an arsenal of seven bowling balls, most of which she brings to matches.
"Each bowling ball in my bag is meant to do something different. Meaning either hook earlier, go longer, they all do something different. So depending on how the lanes are transitioning, and depends on what ball I am going to switch to,” she said "The ball I usually use in East Islip was not 'coming in,' meaning it wasn’t hooking enough, so I switched to a more aggressive ball that would hook more so that it would actually reach the pocket.”
Using a different ball and adjusting the heel and slide of her shoes worked for Spina. The senior was a double-winner at the Suffolk County singles/doubles tournament on Jan. 9.
Spina and doubles partner, senior Julia Bocamazo, rolled an aggregate 972 over two games to win their second straight doubles championship.
“That’s honestly amazing, that we were able to do it twice in a row, because all these girls are just so good," Spina said. “We work very well as a team. If I’m struggling, she's there for me to boost me back up.”
Spina also took home the singles crown, totaling a 505 in two games. Sweeping singles and doubles was a thrill for Spina.
“It definitely boosted my confidence because lately I haven’t been doing as well,” said Spina, who will bowl at Division I Arkansas State University this fall. “Today showed me that I can compete against all these other girls.”
Comsewogue’s Hannah Manetta also stood out in the competition, bowling a 299 in the second game of the doubles portion. It was the second of her six-year varsity career.
Manetta, who has previously bowled three perfect games, said she was still nervous entering the final frame.
“It felt like I already did it, and I could do it again,” she said of rolling a 300. “All I thought was breathe and put out a good shot. I went nine in the last shot and left the 10-pin. I left the corner pin. I actually threw the shot the way I wanted to.”
1. TAKING NOTE OF THE SLICK LANES.
2. Said Spina who usually brings most of her arsenal which consists of seven bowling balls to matches.
This specific day -- "I used a different ball because the ball I usually use in East Islip was not “coming in” meaning it wasn’t hooking enough, so I switched to a more aggressive ball that would hook more so that it would actually reach the pocket.”
“During home matches (the matches at East Islip) I don’t usually switch bowling balls very often because I know how the lanes are going to change. But at away matches it is a different story. I never know what to expect in regards to the lane conditions, so most of the time I try at least two to three different bowling balls during the practice time and then from game to game I switch to different bowling balls depending on how the lanes are transitioning.”
“Also each bowling ball in my bag is meant to do something different. Meaning either hook earlier, go longer, they all do something different. So depending on how the lanes are transitioning, and depends on what ball I am going to switch to.”