Notebook: SFA Ladyjack Hammer Classic

Commodores head north for second tournament of the season

by Rod Williamson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The top-ranked Vanderbilt bowling team ends a three-week layoff by traveling to Kenosha, Wisconsin this weekend for the Stephen F. Austin’s Ladyjack Hammer Classic.

The Commodores will begin competing at 10:30 a.m. Friday in five round of five-game Baker games. At 9:25 a.m. Saturday teams will compete in five trandtional games followed by Baker bracket play (three rounds) starting at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Here’s more on the Ladyjack Hammer Classic:

18 Competing teams (rankings): Arkansas State (6), Aurora, Elmhurst, Fairleigh Dickinson (9), Lincoln Memorial (13), Lincoln (Missouri), Long Island University (24), Maryville, McKendree (3), Nebraska (4), Prairie View, Sacred Heart (11), Saint Francis University (16) Sam Houston (5), Stephen F. Austin (3), Valparaiso, Vanderbilt (1) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (10).

About the tournament: Vanderbilt is the defending champion and has frequently participated in the event which has usually been held in Texas. This year’s tournament is being played at Kenosha’s Sheridan Lanes, the hometown and home lanes of SFA head coach Amber Lemke.

Vandy won the event last year in Dallas which was capped by a 4-2 win over then No. 1-ranked McKendree in the title match. Samantha Gainor was all-tournament with Maria Bulanova seventh and Adel Wahner was 11th. Prior to that championship, a fifth-place finish was the best Vanderbilt could muster at the tournament.

Following the tournament: Vanderbilt will use its YouTube site to live stream all of its matches and daily results will be posted on and on the team’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Travel squad: Seniors Maria Bulanova, Emily Rigney and Adel Wahner, juniors Samantha Gainor and Lauren Potechin, sophomore Angelique Dalesandro and freshmen Mabel Cummins and Amelia Keifer.

Last time out: The Commodores opened their season with a second-place finish at Tulane’s Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic last month. Vandy compiled a 9-4 record with three of those losses coming at the hands of Sam Houston State, including a 4-2 defeat in the championship match. Dalesandro was fifth individually to earn her first all-tournament berth.