Oct. 18, 2012
KENNER, La. - Tulane's bowling team opens its second year by hosting the inaugural Tulane Collegiate Bowling Invitational from Friday through Sunday at the AMF All Star Lanes.
The three-day tournament will feature 11 schools, including four nationally ranked programs. Arkansas State begins the season ranked second in the preseason National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) poll, while Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and Bethune-Cookman also open the season ranked by the NTCA, eighth, 10th and 18th respectively.
In addition to those four schools, the field includes in-state foes Grambling, Louisiana Tech and Southern, along with Prairie View, Jackson State and North Carolina A&T.
"This is an outstanding way to hold our first tournament at Tulane," second-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."
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.
The teams will then square off on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT with five team games.
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 9:30 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 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 or 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."