NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt returns to action Friday at Adelphi University’s Dezy Strong Classic in Coram, New York.
It is the first time the Commodores have participated in this tournament, a homecoming of sorts for Vandy sophomore Amanda Naujokas whose hometown of Lake Ronkonkoma is just nine miles away.
FORMAT AND TIMES
It’s a standard college format with five, 5-Game Baker sets starting at 8:50 a.m. CDT Friday, five traditional games beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT Saturday and a Sunday championship bracket of three best-of-seven Baker clashes to determine the final team standings that begins at 7:45 a.m. CT.
COMPETING TEAMS (RANK)
Four members of the preseason top 10 and nine of the top 25 are in the field: Adelphi (25), UAB, Bloomfield, Fairleigh Dickinson (8), Felician, Long Island (23), Molloy, Monmouth (19), Mount St. Mary’s, Prairie View (22), Saint Francis (Pa.), St. Francis (N.Y.), Stephen F. Austin (10), Tulane (16), Vanderbilt (4) and Youngstown State (7).
ELEVEN TRAVEL BUT JUST 10 COMPETE
Vanderbilt is taking its entire 11-woman roster once again but there is a tournament rule that only 10 team members can be dressed out.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Coram Country Lanes are home to Naujokas. These are the lanes that the Vandy sophomore trains on in the offseason and where her high school team competed. A quick look at the Junior Achievement board shows her name is all over it.
When Naujokas made the 2020 Junior Team USA the center displayed a big congratulatory banner in her honor.
Vanderbilt bowling is livestreamed on Vanderbilt’s YouTube channel.
LAST TIME OUT
Vandy was fifth at Tulane’s Colonial Lanes Classic, going 11-2 in the process. Samantha Gainor was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player by averaging 226 over five games.