Nov. 7, 2013
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - Tulane's bowling team takes to the lanes again this weekend for the Crusader Classic hosted by Valparaiso University at the Inman's Bowling and Recreation Center.
The Green Wave (4-8) has not bowled since hosting the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational back on Oct. 18-20.
The Crusader Classic gets underway on Friday with Baker games and will resume Saturday with the team competition. The classic concludes with bracket play on Sunday.
"We are up against a number of highly ranked teams this weekend so hopefully the high competition will elevate our performance," Tulane head coach Hayley Veitch said. "We have a different strategy this tournament in terms of keeping the energy level high everyday so we will see if it works. The ladies are excited for their first trip away of the season and are ready to bowl one shot at a time."
The field for the Crusader Classic consists of 14 teams. Included among the teams are nine squads ranked among the nation's top-20, including the 14th-ranked Crusaders. Seven of those teams are ranked in the top-nine nationally, including the nation's top-four teams - #1 Nebraska, #2 Vanderbilt, #3 Central Missouri and #4 Arkansas State. Valparaiso also welcomes the winner - #9 Stephen F. Austin - and runner-up - #8 UW-Whitewater - from the nation's premier opening weekend tournament, the New Jersey Jamboree. In addition to Tulane, Alma, Elmhurst, McKendree, #19 Prairie View A&M, #6 Sam Houston State and UAB are also competing.
After this weekend, the Green Waver bowlers will travel to Montgomery, Ala., for the Hornet Classic Nov. 15-17.