Oct. 20, 2012
KENNER, La. - Tulane's second-year bowling program earned three more victories during the team competition on Saturday in the second day of the 2012 Tulane Collegiate Bowling Invitational at AMF All Star Lanes.
The Green Wave (4-5) bowled its past Louisiana Tech, Jackson State and Southern in the five-person team matches that consist of 10 frames for each bowler.
Tulane then closed out the afternoon with an 846-791 win over Southern in game five. Freshman Jessica Stricklin led the way with a 192.
"We did pretty well today, especially starting off," Tulane head coach Hayley Veitch said. "Our first two wins were very exciting and pretty tight up until the last few frames. The girls worked hard to pull those wins out of the bag. We lost a lot of pins against Arkansas State or that outcome could have been different. We didn't shoot spares well and that really let us down. We finished the day well with a win against Southern and we are looking forward to match play tomorrow."
The Green Wave fell to No. 2 Arkansas State, 916-842, in game three and No. 10 Stephen F. Austin, 975-754, in game four.
Overall, Kelly led Tulane with a 172.0 pin average, placing her 28th among the 67 bowlers that rolled on Saturday. Ryan posted a 170.8 average in her first collegiate tournament to place 31st.
The top individual performer of the afternoon was Kimi Davidson of Sam Houston with a 208.4 pin average. She earned the tournament MVP honors, while Arkansas State's Amanda Labossiere (206.0), Bethune-Cookman's Natalee Amstrong (202.2), SFA's Nicole Parkhurst (201.2) and ASU's Melissa Lachanski (197.2) received all-tournament honors.
The 2012 Tulane Collegiate Bowling Invitational concludes on Sunday with bracket play to crown a team champion. The teams will play the best of 4-of-7 Baker format match play beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT. Arkansas State is the top seed with 8629 total pins dropped during the first two days of competition.
Tulane is the ninth-seed with a two-day pin total of 7330 and will face Southern in the opening match on Sunday.