Commodore Notebook: Sunshine State

Vanderbilt continues its 2018-19 season Friday through Sunday in Orlando, Fla., at the Sunshine State Classic, co-hosted by Sacred Heart and Stephen F. Austin.  The Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando is the host facility.
Competing teams and national rankings  
Bethune Cookman, Delaware State (12), Florida A & M, Lincoln Memorial (15), Maryville (18), Monmouth (22), Nebraska (3), Prairie View, Sacred Heart (20), Stephen F. Austin (7), Tulane (9), UAB (14), Vanderbilt (2), Youngstown State (25).
New national rankings were released this week (see complete rankings below).
About the tournament 
The Sunshine State Classic is a new event.  A traditional spot in the national schedule opened up and the coaches from Sacred Heart and Stephen F.Austin decided to host a tournament in the Florida sunshine. They attracted a nice-sized crowd comprised of a mixture of eastern and central region programs.
Timeline and formats 
Friday:            8:35 a.m. CT five, 5-Game Baker matches.
Saturday:       7:25 a.m.   five traditional games
Sunday:         7:25 a.m.   one remaining traditional game
                       8:50 a.m.   Two rounds of best four of seven Baker games
(all times listed are Central; Orlando is in the Eastern time zone)
Daily warm-ups are 30 minutes prior these times.
Following the tournament  
Vanderbilt live streams over its YouTube page (and on occasion, Facebook Live). Results are posted on VandyBowling Facebook and Twitter accounts and a daily recap will appear on this web site.
Last time out
The Commodores were second to Arkansas State at the Prairie View Invitational, losing in the championship match after leading the three-day event wire-to-wire.  Maria Bulanova won MVP honors with her 227 average and Adel Wahner was fifth individually to also capture all-tournament honors. 
Travel squad
The Commodores will travel seven:  Maria Bulanova, Angelique Dalesandro, Samantha Gainor, Bryanna Leyen, Jordan Newham, Emily Rigney, Adel Wahner.
New NTCA February Poll
Vanderbilt captured nine first place votes from the 39 head coaches casting ballots and moved from third to second in the standings.  The Commodores began the year in No. 1, went to 3 in the second poll and now are trending upward on the strength of consecutive quality finishes. Last weekend’s Prairie View tournament was not taken into consideration as only January events were included.

  1. McKendree (29 first place votes)   1,451 (total poll points)
  2. Vanderbilt (9)  1,377
  3. Nebraska       1,269
  4. Arkansas State (1)  1,265
  5. Sam Houston State  1,055
  6. Maryland-Eastern Shore  1,047
  7. Stephen F. Austin  967
  8. Fairleigh Dickinson  956
  9. Tulane   861
  10. North Carolina A & T   711
  11. St. Francis University (Pa.)   621
  12. Delaware State  562
  13. Wisconsin-Whitewater  556
  14. UAB  477
  15. Lincoln Memorial  428
  16. Central Missouri    332
  17. LIU-Brooklyn   283
  18. Maryville  261
  19. Mount Saint Mary’s   253
  20. Sacred Heart  235
  21. Louisiana Tech   224
  22. Monmouth  212
  23. Duquesne   163
  24. Adelphi   146
  25. Youngstown State   107

Mickey Mouse on Agenda
The Commodores will practice midday Thursday at the Boardwalk Bowl and plan to enjoy Disney World later in the afternoon.