Bowlers Nab Four Wins at Crusader Classic

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Kelsie Kelly rolled a team-best 235 on Saturday
Kelsie Kelly rolled a team-best 235 on Saturday

Nov. 12, 2013

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - Tulane's bowling team posted four wins and placed 10th at this past weekend's Crusader Classic hosted by Valparaiso University at the Inman's Bowling and Recreation Center.

The Green Wave (8-16) opened the three-day event on Friday with the Baker format and earned a, 784-690, victory over UAB in the first match of the day. Tulane fell to No. 6 Sam Houston State buy just 12 pins later in the afternoon, 733-721.

Day two saw the Green Wave pick up a pair of wins in the five-person team games. Tulane defeated Elmhurst, 845-755, in the fourth game and then upended host Valparaiso, 870-869, in the fifth game. Kelsie Kelly led Tulane in the win over Valpo with a team-best 235 roll. Kelly averaged a 214.0 pin fall, but only bowled in two games.

Caryn Wong and Jessica Stricklin led Tulane in the win over Elmhurst. Wong posted a 183, while Stricklin rolled a 181.

In Sunday's bracket play, Tulane dropped a heartbreaking first game to ninth-ranked Stephen F. Austin, 4-3, and lost the seventh and deciding game, 193-181.

"Overall this was a better team performance for us with some nail biting matches against some really good teams," Tulane head coach Hayley Veitch said. "Energy levels were higher throughout the three days and we bounced back after low scores to get back into the games. We are definitely showing we can keep up with some ranked teams but we have to make better shots and make quicker moves in order to improve our consistency."

Tulane will be right back at the lanes this weekend when they travel to Montgomery, Ala., for the Hornet Classic the runs Friday to Sunday.