Bowlers go 5-0 in Arkansas

Jan. 15, 2011

CABOT, Ark. – Vanderbilt went unbeaten and took down No. 1 rated Maryland-Eastern Shore in the process as its strong play continued in the Mid-Winter Classic here Saturday. The Commodores, who now have won nine of 10 games here, ended the two-day total pinfall standings in fourth place, which qualifies them for Sunday’s championship match play Baker bracket. Vanderbilt will play Nebraska in its first round action.

“We made a couple of mental or execution errors in every game that kept us from chalking up some real nice pinfall but otherwise we were consistent,” said Coach John Williamson. “What I really liked today was that we were able to make some big shots in the 10th frame to win some matches. We got very good efforts from Brittni (Hamilton), Jess (Earnest) and Sam (Hesley).”

Vanderbilt toppled, in order, Prairie View, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Arkansas State, Jackson State and Alabama A & M. Hesley, who transferred into the program just this year, strung games of 212-201-192-162-210 while Earnest enjoyed similar success with 182-214-223-219-199 and Hamilton had three games north of 200.

“I am really impressed with how Sam is handling the anchor spot,” Earnest said of her new teammate. “It is not easy at anchor and I am so happy that she took the role and is there to make a big shot when we need it.”

Earnest said her day was aided when she “got into a rhythm and relaxed.” The Commodore sophomore, last year’s national Rookie of the Year, also credited her team’s improved communication, allowing her to make good adjustments and “figure out what I needed to do.”

The win over UMES was the only blemish on the senior-dominated Hawks’ day as they had back-to-back scores of 1,143 and 1,100 to pull away from the field in pin count. Everyone resets tomorrow with the pinfall only determining brackets in this large field.

Leader Board
UMES 9,846
Central Missouri 9,607
Nebraska 9.563
Vanderbilt 9,440

Saturday’s Results

VU 933, Prairie View 802
Brittni Hamilton 203
Ellen Morrison 176
Kayla Rhoades 160
Jessica Earnest 182
Samantha Hesley 212

VU 944, UMES 933
Hamilton 205
Morrison, Amanda Halter, Kim Carper 136
Rhoades 188
Earnest 214
Hesley 201

VU 961, Arkansas State 910
Hamilton 216
Rhoades 158
Carper 172
Earnest 223
Hesley 192

VU 938, Jackson State 735
Hamilton 186
Halter 190
Carper 181
Earnest 219
Hesley 162

VU 943, Alabama A & M 920
Hamilton 167
Halter 178
Rhoades 189
Earnest 199
Hesley 210