Bowling Consistent On Day One Of Opening Tournament



Oct. 19, 2012

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KENNER, La. - Tulane's second-year bowling program earned one victory and rolled consistently on Friday during the first day of the 2012 Tulane Collegiate Bowling Invitational at AMF All Star Lanes.

The Green Wave (1-3) opened the season and the tournament with a victory over North Carolina A&T, 673 total pins to 668 total pins, in a Baker Quad match. Tulane totaled 3211 pins in the five Baker Quad matches on the day, the ninth most total pins out of the 11 teams.

Tulane was edged, 637-619, by Grambling State in the second match, while 17th-ranked Bethune-Cookman earned a 670-625 victory over the Green Wave in the third match. No. 18 Prairie View A&M defeated Tulane, 732-660, in the fifth and final match.

Tulane rolled a 634 in their bye during the fourth Baker match.

"We did ok," Tulane head coach Hayley Veitch said. "There is always room for improvement and we were definitely consistent today. We won the first match of the day and it was nice to get out of the gate like that. We did miss a lot of spares and gave away a lot of pins and that is something we are working hard on to try and get better. We are not quite where we want to be yet, but it is still very early."

The Green Wave was one of seven teams in the competition to bowl at least a 600 in all five matches on the day, showing a sign of consistency.

Arkansas State, the second-ranked team in the nation, and eighth-ranked Sam Houston posted the only unbeaten days. ASU was 5-0 with a total pin count of 3881, while SHSU went 4-0 with 3761 total pins.

Six of Tulane's nine-woman roster competed during the Baker format on Friday. Freshmen Hannah Ryan and Kelly Doucette bowled in all five matches, while junior Caryn Wong and sophomores Kelsie Kelly, Jessica Stricklin and Victoria Wiseman also rolled.

Saturday's action at All Star Lanes gets underway at Noon with each of the 11 teams competing in five team matches. Tulane will face Louisiana Tech in the first match, then Jackson State, Arkansas State and Stephen F. Austin before closing out the day against Southern.