Nov. 15, 2012
Off to Delaware: Vanderbilt bowlers travel to Millsboro, Delaware for the Hawk Classic, hosted by Maryland-Eastern Shore. Of all the collegiate tournaments in the country, Vanderbilt has had its most success here. The Commodores have won the tourney five of the last six years and are defending champions.
Hawk Classic Field: Adelphi, Central Missouri, Delaware State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hampton, Howard, Kutztown, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Monmouth, Morgan State, New Jersey City, Norfolk State, Sacred Heart, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, St. Peter’s, Saint Francis (N.Y.), Valparaiso, Vanderbilt.
Tourney Format: Friday has five quad-Baker games starting at noon (EST). Saturday has five team games that begin at 9:00 ET and Sunday is the best four-of-seven Baker bracket.
Wirtz Update: Olivia Wirtz underwent surgery Thursday to repair the torn tendon in her hip. Her return will be contingent upon her recovery but if she misses the rest of the season she would qualify for a medical redshirt year.
O’Brien Update: Sarah O’Brien continues to be plagued by hip issues, which while not deemed serious might put the Illinois senior out of the lineup until January. She will not make the trip this weekend.
Sightseers: When feasible, Vanderbilt likes to provide learning opportunities for its student-athletes and this trip allows such a chance. The team flew into Washington, D.C. early Thursday and toured the National Mall before continuing on to its tournament residence.