DALLAS – Vanderbilt turned better execution and solid spare shooting into an excellent day at the USA Bowl and climbed into third place at the Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic Saturday.
The Commodores won four of five games and have three individuals among the top 10 individuals heading into Sunday’s final competition and have a 7-3 tournament won-loss mark.
“We wanted to control the pocket and make our spares and we did that,” head coach John Williamson said. “We were the only team in plus territory (200 average or higher). We were patient and didn’t get frustrated when something didn’t fall our way. There was a light year’s difference between our play yesterday and today.”
The second-ranked Commodores defeated No. 11 North Carolina A&T, No. 4 Arkansas State, No. 24 Adelphi and No. 9 Tulane while losing a well-played match with host Stephen F. Austin. Nebraska leads the tournament with Sam Houston State in second and McKendree sitting in fourth.
“We played well enough to win all our matches,” Williamson said. “We were close with SFA (a 1,040-1,018 loss) but we had two opens in the ninth and they had three people strike out in the 10th. They bowled very well to beat us.”
With one traditional game left Sunday morning against Nebraska to complete the round-robin, Adel Wahner holds down fourth place with a 209.2 average with Samantha Gainor (206.8) in sixth and Maria Bulanova (205.8) ninth. The Commodores only bowled five women and the other two were also steady with Emily Rigney (194.60) and Jordan Newham (191.80) both in the top 26. Nebraska’s Meghan Straub leads the pack at 219.80.
The primary objective for contending teams is to make the top four after the traditional games are completed as they will be the only teams with a chance to win the championship in the two-round best of seven Baker games.
Play begins at 8:30 a.m. CT and is live streamed on Vandy Bowling’s YouTube page.