Oct. 18, 2013
KENNER, La. - It was a day that Tulane head bowling coach Hayley Veitch hoped would have seen better results, but the Green Wave did record a pair of wins on the first day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational on Friday at the AMF All Star Lanes.
Tulane (2-3) defeated Jackson State and 19th-ranked Prairie View A&M in Baker matches on Friday. The Green Wave got past JSU, 704-668, in the second game and defeated PVAMU, 764-646, in the fifth and final game of the afternoon.
"We definitely ended on a high note," Veitch said. "I wouldn't say it is what I expected today. We left a lot of pins out there and missed a lot spares. We had a really bad performance against Sam Houston, but we brought it back. I can't really complain about being 2-3, but we know there are more pins out there."
Tulane fell to Alabama A&M, 803-693, in the first game, lost to No. 6 Sam Houston State, 812-618, in the third and was edged, 675-674, by Texas Southern in the fourth game.
Friday's Baker games were decided by total pin fall.
All eight Green Wave bowlers rolled on the opening day of the 2013-14 season, including the three freshmen Kierstyn Rush, Angela Falgoust and Jessica Quebedeaux all rolling collegiately for the first time.
Ninth-ranked Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern and SHSU all posted 4-1 marks on Friday. SFA dropped 3941 total pins on the afternoon to sit on top of the team standings that will determine Sunday's bracket seeding.
SFA posted the day's top game as well, rolling an 877 in the fourth game against Alabama State.
The 11 teams will return to the lanes on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. CT for five team games.
"Tomorrow is another day and it will be an uphill challenge for us," Veitch said. "I know there are more pins out there and we are certainly going to shoot for it."
In the five-person team game, starting members of the competing teams will successively and, in regular order, bowl one frame on one lane. Once completed, the team members shall move to the alternate lane of the competition pair. This pattern of play continues until all 10 frames of a game are complete. The same substitution rules as Baker will apply.
The tournament concludes Sunday with a tournament at 8:30 a.m. CT. The tournament, consisting of Best 4-of-7 Baker matches, will determine the champion. The 11 teams will be seeded based on the performance on Friday and Saturday.