Bowlers Second After First Day

Dec. 1, 2007

JACKSON, Miss. — Vanderbilt recovered from a frigid first game to claw itself into second place, 49 pins behind Nebraska heading into the final day of the Capital City Classic.

The Commodores had strong performances from a trio of veterans to finish its day with a 4-1 ledger in this tournament decided by total pin fall.

Josie Earnest is in second place individually with a 232 average, training only Marissa Martinek of Arkansas State, who posted a 235.5 average today. Michelle Peloquin had a strong day and is in fifth place (221.3) with Karen Grygiel sixth at 220.

Arkansas State opened the first game by rolling 12 consecutive strikes. That torrid start, coupled with the Commodores having a split and an easy spare open, put the No. 1 ranked Black and Gold in a hole from which it could not escape. ASU won, 1,134 – 944, despite a 212 from Grygiel and a 205 from Earnest.

It was all uphill from that soft open as Vanderbilt won four in a row with increasing scores in each game. Its best total was an 1,142 total against Louisiana Tech in which Earnest had a 257 and no `Dore was less than 203.

“We got on our heels, so to speak, in that first game,” said Coach John Williamson. “We pressed and forced things and seemed to let the lanes play us. After the first game we regrouped and were less passive.”

While the three Vanderbilt veterans led the way, sophomore Ashley Belden came off the bench to put up a 225 score in the second game and added 191 and 203 scores later in the day.

The tournament concludes Sunday with Baker games on tap.

Top 3 Teams (10-team field):

Nebraska 5,554

Vanderbilt 5,505

Arkansas St 5,458

Team Games:

Arkansas State 1,134 Vanderbilt 944

Peloquin 193

Ellen Morrison 141

Grygiel 212

Tara Kane 193

Earnest 205

Vanderbilt 1,047 Mississippi Valley State 776

Peloquin 223

Belden 225

Grygiel 199

Amanda Halter 175

Earnest 225

Vanderbilt 1,114 Alabama State 761

Peloquin 245

Belden 191

Grygiel 246

Morrison 191

Earnest 241

Vanderbilt 1,142 Louisiana Tech 892

Peloquin 224

Belden 203

Grygiel 223

Morrison 235

Earnest 257

6-Game Baker Set (Positioning round):

Vanderbilt 1,258 Alabama State 1,048

VU 184-153

AS 189-170

VU 235-174

VU 213-122

VU 234-197

VU 222-183