Notebook: Prairie View A&M Invitational

Vanderbilt hopes to continue winning streak against top competition

by Rod Williamson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt hopes to continue its winning streak when it competes in the Prairie View A&M Invitational this weekend in one of collegiate bowling’s best fields.

Here is more information on the event:

Tournament details: The Prairie View A&M Invitational is a highly-anticipated event, played in the sport’s International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas. Participating teams understand going in that the dozen competing teams represent many of the best programs in the NCAA. The small, high-tech venue allows for a complete round-robin competition.

Tournament schedule:

12:15 p.m. Friday – Five, 5-Game Bakers

9:30 a.m. Saturday – Five traditional games

8:25 a.m. Sunday – One traditional game followed by two rounds of best four of seven Bakers

The field: Arkansas State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Maryland-Eastern Shore, McKendree, Nebraska, North Carolina A&T, Prairie View A&M, Saint Francis University, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Vandy’s Travel Team: Adel Wahner, Emily Rigney, Maria Bulanova, Samantha Gainor, Angelique Dalesandro, Liz Ross, Mabel Cummins and Amelia Kiefer.

Following the tournament: Matches will be streamed live via BowlTV which offers single day and tournament subscription rates. Twitter updates are also posted @VandyBowling.

Dores have won two straight: Vanderbilt enters the tourney having won both its 2020 tournaments, the Stormin’ Blue & White Vegas Classic and the Northeast Invitational in Philadelphia.

Last year’s PV tournament: The Commodores felt the title got away. After earning the No. 1 seed along with the best won-loss record, sporting two members of the all-tournament team – including the tournament Most Valuable Player (Bulanova) and winning the semifinal with a 237.25 average, Vanderbilt lost 4-2 to Arkansas State in the championship game.

New rankings coming soon: The National Ten Pin Coaches (NTCA) poll is expected out next week.