March 15, 2012
SMYRNA, Tenn. - Tulane's bowling team closes out the inaugural season this weekend when the Green Wave take to the lanes of the Smyrna Bowling Center for the annual Columbia 300 Music City Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University.
The Green Wave (15-51) has not bowled since the Holiday Collegiate Classic Feb. 24-26 in Bessemer, Ala., where they posted a 1-8 record, but did win the final match against Alabama State.
A total of 20 teams make up the field, including top ranked Fairleigh Dickinson, No. 2 Arkansas State, No. 3 Nebraska and fourth-ranked Vanderbilt. In addition to those top teams Adelphi, Alabama A&M, UAB, Central Missouri, Kutztown, Louisiana Tech, Monmouth, New Jersey City, Prairie View, Saint Francis (NY), Sacred Heart, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Valparaiso and Wisconsin-Whitewater complete the field.
"This last tournament of the season is by far the toughest field that the ladies have seen all year with 20 teams competing," Tulane head coach Hayley Beavis said. "The ladies know that they are going to have to hit the head pin and make a lot more spares than they have in pervious tournaments if they are going to be competitive this weekend. In order to do this we have been working a lot on team cohesiveness. The ladies have to be confident in trusting their own bowling ability as to whether or not they made a good shot or not so we can capitalize on making moves on the lane."
Jessica Cwik leads Tulane with a 173.18 average in 34 matches. She is followed by Sarah Knapp with a 172.32 average. Knapp missed some time due to injury and has bowled in 22 matches. Caryn Wong has come on strong lately and increased her average to 158.18 and rolled a 202 in the opening match against Alabama A&M on Feb. 25 in Bessemer.
"I expect to see more positive attitudes this weekend, especially on the second day of team games where extra effort has to be put forth by everyone to maintain a competitive spirit," Beavis added. "The ladies are definitely ready to raise the performance bar against these experienced and competitive teams and who knows what can happen when the team really comes together and believe in themselves."
The event gets underway at 11:30 a.m. CT on Friday with six 4-game Baker matches. The teams will then bowl six traditional team matches starting at Noon on Saturday, while the championship Baker bracket begins at 8 a.m. CT on Sunday.