Feb. 25, 2013
BESSIMER, Ala. - Tulane's bowling team defeated three top 25 teams and posted a 9-4 overall record this past weekend at the Holiday Collegiate Classic hosted by Alabama State at the Holiday Bowling Lanes.
The Green Wave improved to 24-43 with the 9-4 mark, the best tournament in the second-year program's history.
"This was by far best team performance yet," Tulane head coach Hayley Veitch said. "The team worked well together all three days. We beat a couple of ranked teams which definitely boosted everyone's confidence."
Tulane opened the weekend with three wins in the Baker total pin format, including a 697-676 victory over No. 17 Valparaiso in the fifth and final match of the day. The Green Wave also Alabama A&M, 747-634, and UAB, 711-670, on the afternoon.
Saturday's performance in the team matches was just as successful for Tulane. The Green Wave won three matches, including a stunning 927-897 upset over No. 7 Sam Houston State in the third game of the day.
Tulane also got past Jackson State, 944-919, in the first match and defeated Alabama State, 927-897, in the fourth match.
The Green Wave went a perfect 3-0 in Sunday's bracket play to finish fifth in the tournament. Tulane defeated Jackson State, 4-1, in the best of seven Baker format, in the first match. A 4-1 win over No. 17 Valparaiso in the second match was followed by a 4-2 victory over Texas Southern to complete the afternoon.
Jessica Stricklin was named to the Tulane MVP for her performance. The sophomore averaged a 176.4 on Saturday, including rolling a 207 in the win over Alabama State. Other individual highlights included Kelsie Kelly, who collected her first two 200-plus games of her career with a 219 against Jackson State and a 220 against Sam Houston. Caryn Wong bowled a 210 against JSU as well.
Tulane will conclude the season at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn., from March 15-17.