in practice or in competition. It doesn’t matter; she is always giving it her all.” Those who know McEwan
describe a person who invests as much of herself in giving a recruit a tour of the FDU campus as she invested in the fi nal shot of the 300 game she bowled at last year’s QubicaAMF World Cup, a person who catches a coach’s eye as much with the way she ties her shoes as she does with the way she anchored Junior Team USA to a world title at last year’s World Youth Championships. They also describe a person who ranks among the most goal-oriented people they ever have known. And the goal McEwan has her eye on these days is music to LoPresti’s ears. “The next big thing we have
coming up is the rest of our college season,” McEwan says. “I would like nothing more than to end my college career on a big note.” As those front seven strikes she strung together in the title match of the 2013 Team USA Trials demonstrated, McEwan has a habit of ending things on big notes. Even if the bowling balls don’t show up until a few minutes before start time.
KEYS TO SUCCESS Breaking Down McEwan’s Game
The versatility McEwan exhibits at the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials — an event that pits bowlers against a diff erent World Tenpin Bowling Association lane pattern each day — rests largely in her ability to manipulate her ball roll. “She’s really been working hard on her ball roll,” says Team USA head coach, Rod Ross. “That’s key to getting your ball to go through the pins the right way; it increases your carry. Danielle has gotten very good at manipulating her axis rotation and her ball speed to match a given lane pattern.”
Keep the Ball in Play Just as Professional Bowlers Association standout Ryan Shafer attributes his success at majors to his penchant for “playing patty-cake with the pocket,” Team USA assistant coach Kim Terrell-Kearney notes that Mc- Ewan rarely gives up the pocket. “I think her strength is her ability to keep the ball in play,” Terrell-Kearney explains. “She understands the lane patterns so well that she knows exactly where to be on the lane, and her ability to repeat shots allows her to stay in the pocket.
She tends to not get herself into trouble very often.” Repeatability
McEwan’s ability to repeat shots is one of her strongest assets. It also is exactly the skill that Mike LoPresti, McEwan’s coach at the Fairleigh Dickinson University bowling
program, points to as a reason he has been able to build his team around her. “It is just ex- traordinary the way she is able to replicate shots,” LoPresti says. “She keeps her game very compact and simple, so there is not a lot that can go wrong from the moment she fi rst be- gins her approach to the time she makes it to the foul line and releases the ball.”
The unwavering discipline with which McEwan adheres to her pre-shot routine is another attribute her coaches praise. “She is very methodical,” Terrell-Kearney explains. “Whether it’s practice at Team USA Camp in the International Training and Research Center or bowl- ing the telecast at the collegiate championships, her pre-shot routine always is the same. There’s just a discipline you see only with the best players in the world.”
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