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Commodores begin 2022 at Stormin' Blue and White Vegas Classic in Nevada

by Rod Williamson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt resumes it season Saturday at the Mount St. Mary’s Stormin’ Blue and White Vegas Classic held at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Unlike the typical collegiate event that runs Friday through Sunday, the Stormin’ Blue and White runs Saturday through Monday, in part, because many of the participants are also competing in the USBC’s USA Team Trials that will conclude Friday in the same city.


It’s a standard college format with five, 5-Game Baker sets starting at 12:55 p.m. CT Saturday, five traditional games beginning at 11:55 a.m. CT Sunday and a Monday championship bracket of three best-of-seven Baker clashes to determine the final team standings that begins at 10 a.m. CT.


Grambling, Maryland-Eastern Shore (18), Maryville (t-10), McKendree (2), Monmouth (25), Mount St. Mary’s (9), Nebraska (3), Spalding, Stephen F. Austin (t-10), Tulane (13), Texas Southern, Prairie View and Vanderbilt (5).


The tournament will exclusively use FloBowling which requires a subscription. All seven competition lane pairs will be accessible and team/individual streaming or recording will not be permitted. FloBowling was used by this tourney in 2020.


The Commodores won the inaugural tournament championship in 2020, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to Nebraska in the title match to win 4-3. The Dores ended the event with an 11-0 record and placed Adel Wahner and Samantha Gainor on the all-tournament team.


Nine Commodores are competing in the USA Team Trials being held through Friday in Las Vegas. They will transition to the collegiate tournament once the trials have ended while graduate student Gainor and Amelia Kiefer will be on hand for the college tourney. Associate head coach Josie Barnes, the reigning U.S. Open champion, was entered in the trials but a positive COVID-19 test on the eve of the event eliminated her from that competition.


Vanderbilt compiled a 36-14 record while winning one of the four tournaments in which it competed. The Commodores ended the semester ranked fifth in the National Ten Pin Coaches Association poll.


The tournament is following the South Point Bowling Plaza health guidelines. Masks are required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated student-athletes, coaches, staff and spectators.