March 18, 2011
SMYRNA, Tenn. – Top-rated Fairleigh Dickinson overtook Vanderbilt late in the day and holds the lead at the halfway point of qualifying at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic Friday.
The Knights tallied 4,895 pins over six quad Baker games to lead the host Commodores by just 35 pins heading into Saturday’s traditional team games. Central Missouri is in third place in the 20-team event, 192 pins back with Arkansas State fourth and Nebraska fifth. Complete standings are found on the attachment to this story.
“We had a slow start to our day but we made some changes, had some good adjustments and caught a few breaks,” said a pleased FDU Coach Mike Lopresti.Vanderbilt also had a strong day with sophomore Sarah O’Brien perhaps having her best performance as a Commodore.
“Our team intensity was there all day and for once we didn’t get off to a slow start,” O’Brien said. “I am proud of our team for pulling together; I thought Brittni Hamilton had a lot to do with keeping us upbeat. I was pleased with my day; since coming back from my hip surgery last fall I might have lacked a little confidence but today I regained it.”
Vanderbilt had a 5-1 record on the day, losing only to FDU, while FDU skated along unbeaten. The won-loss records are not factored into the tournament standings. The 20 teams will be bracketed based on the combined pin fall of the two days after tomorrow’s action.
Vanderbilt doesn’t keep records for back-to-back Baker games but its start against Texas Southern would be a contender if it did. The Commodores went 270 in the first game and followed it with a 279, stringing eight strikes before Jessica Earnest left a pin in the ninth frame.
The Commodores key head-to-head match Friday didn’t work out as well, dropping a close game to top-rated Fairleigh Dickinson. There was just 10 pins separating the two teams after three Bakers but the Knights won the fourth game by a comfortable 26 pin margin.
The tournament continues Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow’s play is traditional team games starting at 12:30 at the Smyrna Bowling Center. Admission is free.
Vanderbilt’s Friday Results (4-Game Bakers)
Vanderbilt 820 Valparaiso 556
Vanderbilt 811 Monmouth 759
Vanderbilt 884 Texas Southern 609
Fairleigh Dickinson 817 Vanderbilt 781
Vanderbilt 743 Southern 709
Vanderbilt 821 Alabama A & M 650