Oct. 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - When Tulane's Hayley Veitch opens the 2012-13 season with the inaugural Tulane Collegiate Bowling Invitational on Oct. 19-21, the second-year coach hopes to see improvement in her second-year program.
Veitch and the Green Wave host the Tulane Collegiate Bowling Invitational at All-Star Lanes in Kenner, La., on Friday, Oct. 19, thru Sunday, Oct. 21. The tournament will feature 11 other schools, including preseason No. 2 Arkansas State, No. 8 Sam Houston State, No. 10 Stephen F. Austin and No. 18 Bethune-Cookman.
"This is an outstanding way to hold our first tournament at Tulane," Veitch said. "We are very excited to be able to bring some of the top bowling teams in the nation into our city. We know the competition is going to be tough, but this field will be a great gauge to see where our team stands early in the season."
Last year, the first bowling season in Tulane history, the Green Wave finished with a 16-65 overall record, but did win three bracket matches in tournament format Baker best of seven.
"We showed signs of improvement as the season went along last year," Veitch added. "None of the ladies had any collegiate and tournament experience so we learned and grew as the season progressed. We are excited about the bowlers we have coming back and the newcomers to this team."
Kelly turned in Tulane's top game last season, knocking down 251 pins in a game against Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 29, while Kelly recorded the Green Wave's second-best game with a 241 against PSU-Altoona on Oct. 23.
In addition to Wong and Kelly, Tulane returns seniors Hillary Sullivan and Regina Popova along with sophomore Victoria Wiseman. Popova averaged 134.11 in nine games last year with a game-high of 192 against Nebraska, while Wiseman averaged 122.92 in 13 games with a 157 high game.
The Green Wave added newcomers Kelly Doucette, Hannah Ryan, Gioria Spatafora and Jessica Stricklin to the roster. Doucette is a senior from Merrimack ,N.H., while Stricklin is a sophomore from Harrisburg, Ill. Ryan and Spataforo are freshmen from Benton, La., and Corvallis, Ore., respectively.
"The ladies are very excited to get the season started and already have great team chemistry," Veitch said. "We can't think of a better way to get the season underway than by hosting this tournament."
In addition to the Tulane Collegiate Bowling Invitational, the Green Wave will compete in six other tournaments throughout the season that spans from October to March.
Tulane will travel to Florida for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcat Invitational from Oct. 26-28, visit Alabama for the Alabama State Hornet Classic Nov. 10-11, head to Texas for the SHSU Track Kat Clash on Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Tulane then returns to Texas for the Southern Invitational in Arlington on Feb. 8-10, travel back to Alabama for the Holiday Collegiate Classic on Feb. 22-24 and close out the regular season on March 15-17 at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Tennessee.