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
Vanderbilt 747 Monmouth 697
Vanderbilt 797 Adelphi 723
Vanderbilt 870 St Francis (Pa) 627
Sacred Heart 775 VU 734
Vanderbilt 830 Long Island 701