Bowlers leading in Jersey

Nov. 4, 2011

ELMWOOD Park, N.J. – A consistent Friday afternoon by the second-rated Vanderbilt bowlers propelled them into first place at the New Jersey Jamboree.

The Commodores hold a 23-pin lead over second place Sam Houston State heading into tomorrow’s team games but the day did produce one loss among the five played, the team’s first defeat of the year. Vanderbilt beat Monmouth, Adelphi, St. Francis (Pa.) and Long Island but its weakest production of the day was costly against Sacred Heart.

“We began the day a little slow but for the most part we were consistent,” said Coach John Williamson. “Our four veterans were steady. Brittni (Hamilton) was dialed in all day, she did her job about as good as it can be done, throwing reliable, consistent shots. For us to be successful we need this stability at the top of the lineup.”

Williamson also liked the efforts of the two freshmen on the trip, Natalie Goodman and Nicole Mosseso, who showed “signed of promise along with a few expected hiccups.”

For the most part, the Commodores used a Baker line-up of Hamilton, Sarah O’Brien, Goodman or Mosseso, Jessica Earnest and Samantha Hesley. In the victory over Long Island, the steady play showed with just three opens in four games – two of those coming on splits.

Following the competition, Williamson hurried his team to catch a train into New York City where plans were in place to tour parts of Manhatten. Saturday’s play begins at noon and the tournament concludes Sunday.

Team Leader Board (18 teams)

Vanderbilt 3,978 Sam Houston 3,959
FDU 3,929
UMES 3,869

Vanderbilt 747 Monmouth 697
M 162-160
VU 207-171
M 181-164
VU 216-183

Vanderbilt 797 Adelphi 723
A 174-165
VU 192-171
VU 257-185
A 193-187

Vanderbilt 870 St Francis (Pa) 627
VU 264-123
VU 221-152
VU 158-148
VU 227-194

Sacred Heart 775 VU 734
SH 212-192
SH 201-191
SH 199-171
VU 180-163

Vanderbilt 830 Long Island 701
VU 225-163
VU 211-178
LI 193-187
VU 207-167