Oct. 17, 2013
KENNER, La. - Tulane's third-year bowling program opens the 2013-14 season by hosting the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational on Friday through Sunday at the AMF All Star Lanes.
The three-day tournament will feature 11 schools, including four nationally ranked programs. Sam Houston State, last year's tournament winner, returns to defend their title and is ranked sixth in the in the preseason National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) poll, while Stephen F. Austin, Prairie View A&M and Bethune-Cookman also open the season ranked, ninth, 19th and 20th respectively.
In addition to those four schools, the field includes Louisiana Tech, Florida A&M, Alabama State, Texas Southern, Jackson State and the Green Wave.
"For the second straight year we are able to host a great field for this event," third-year head coach Hayley 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.
"We are also excited about having Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsor the tournament this year," Veitch added. "It is never easy to promote bowling but this certainly helps so thank you to them for all the support."
The tournament gets underway Friday at 10 a.m. CT with 5 x4 Baker games.
In the Baker format, starting members of the competing teams will successively and, in regular order, bowl one frame on one lane. Once five frames are completed, the team members will remain on the same lane and complete the starting member order again, with frames six through 10 being completed. This pattern of play will continue until all 10 frames of a game are completed. No changes can be made in the order of players after the start of a game, except for substitutes, although once a bowler has been pulled from the game they are not allowed to return until the next game.
In the five-person team game, starting members of the competing teams will successively and, in regular order, bowl one frame on one lane. Once completed, the team members shall move to the alternate lane of the competition pair. This pattern of play continues until all 10 frames of a game are complete. The same substitution rules as Baker will apply.
The tournament concludes Sunday with a tournament at 8:30 a.m. CT. The tournament, consisting of Best 4-of-7 Baker matches, will determine the champion. The 11 teams will be seeded based on the performance on Friday and Saturday.
Last year the Green Wave finished with a 29-52 overall record and placed fifth in three tournament during the season, including the Sam Houston Track Kat Klash, the Alabama State Hornet Invitational and the Holiday Collegiate Classic.
Veitch and the Green Wave are eager to get the season started.
"The team has a balance of four returners, three freshmen and one transfer student," Vietch said. "They have all been working extremely hard and have bonded well as a team. I am looking forward to seeing how we perform in our first tournament together, we definitely have the potential to improve our winning percentage this year. I really could not have asked for a better group of ladies for a third-year program."
The lone senior Caryn Wong is one the top returners for Tulane. Wong posted a 160.2 pin fall average in 24 games a season ago. Also back are juniors Jessica Stricklin and Kelsie Kelly. The pair posted the top two averages last season with Stricklin rolling a 171.4 average and Kelly collecting 165.2 pins per game.
Hannah Ryan, a sophomore from Benton, La., also returns for Tulane. She posted a 156.1 average in 33 games.
Veitch and the Green Wave added three freshmen and a transfer to the squad as well. Angela Falgoust, a Baton Rouge, La., native, Jessica Quebedeaux, from Lafayette, La., and Kierstyn Rush, a Dyer, Ind., native, are all freshmen this season.
Hannah Harrison joins Tulane as a sophomore after transferring from Sam Houston State.
Following the weekend's tournament, Tulane will return to the lanes on Nov. 8-10 for the Valpo Crusader Classic in Merrillville, Ind.