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Commodores rule in Music City Classic

Commodores rule in Music City Classic

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March 8, 2015

(Editor's Note: We will post complete tournament statistics from Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 on this story during the evening)

SMYRNA, TN---Vanderbilt `s strong run continued Sunday as the Columbia 300 Music City Classic came to a close and when it did, the sixth-ranked Commodores' combined pin count for the tournament's two days was 10,535, 145 pins more than runner-up Central Missouri.

The format of the tournament was forced to be modified late last week when bad weather forced some previously entered teams to miss the event and others to arrive on Saturday morning. Because of the modification, no official team champion can be crowned per NCAA rule.

Sunday was a day of consistently strong performance with some exhilarating highs. The Commodores won four of five matches, losing only to No. 1 rated Nebraska in a high wire battle, 1,206-1,084. But despite the skill on display in that match, it was a near miraculous comeback against 17th ranked Valparaiso that had fans still buzzing after Senior Day activities had concluded.

In that match, the Crusaders had beaten the `Dores four straight games by narrow margins and the fifth and final game of the match began with Valpo up 73 pins and having all the momentum on its side of the lanes. What followed will long be remembered by the many Vandy faithful , a rally for the ages that produced a shocking 288 game and an amazing come-from-behind victory.

"We huddled right before Game 5 and reminded ourselves that we would have to dig deep and make good shots but we knew in our hearts we were capable of doing that," sophomore Nicole Powell said later. "We needed a big number and we just trusted our abilities, we didn't make any adjustments of note. We supported each other in the settee. We knew after five straight strikes that we were putting tremendous pressure on the opponents."

Coach John Williamson liked his team's steady performance over the long weekend, which produced a 12-3 won-loss mark in addition to big pin counts.

"Since our tournament in Houston and including this weekend we have had six straight good days," he said. "I think we are peaking at the right time and the girls are starting to buy in to each other and what we are doing."

On the "rally":

"Stuff like that is a mix of timing and we began putting shots together - which we hadn't been able to do the previous four games. Those games were our low point of our day but the five that were in there at the moment felt like they could do just about anything so, shoot, why not come back from 73 down?"

Williamson felt that Nebraska "won" the head-to-head show-down, his team with its strong total didn't necessarily "lose".

"We have a lot of respect for Nebraska," Williamson said. "We made some quality shots against them but they made a few more. They did an excellent job of capitalizing on the few breaks we gave them. There isn't much you can do when someone is bowling that well against you."

Vanderbilt senior Rebeca Reguero made the all-tournament team based on her steady 223 average in Saturday's team games. She crafted scores of 236-203-226-202-248 to join Tara Quinlan and Jodi Gawlik of McKendree, Victoria Jones of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Carly Thomas of Central Missouri and tourney MVP Gazmine Mason of Nebraska.

The veteran Vandy coach took note of Reguero's outstanding senior year.

"When you follow collegiate sports, Rebeca's story is one you like to see. Where she came from and what she is accomplishing on and off the lanes - she has really blossomed into something special and I believe she can do whatever she wants to do in her future."

"My emotions started Thursday," Reguero admitted, "and being Senior Weekend it was bitter sweet and somewhat difficult but bowling itself is a good distraction. You are doing what you love."

The Commodores overall team balance showed with Amanda Fry (219 average) placing seventh and Katie Stark (218.4) a very close eighth individually. Powell had a Top 25 finish with her 206 average.

After the event, Director of Athletics David Williams was on hand to honor the program's five seniors: Nicole ChaninNatalie GoodmanNicole Mosesso, Reguero and Liz Saffold.

Southland Bowling Conference tournament comes up in two weeks in Houston. The format is an 8-team, double-elimination Baker tournament of which pairings have yet to be established.Vanderbilt joined the Southland Bowling Conference this year as NCAA rules are changing to establish the NCAA Championship field.

Vandy Capsules 
VU - Alabama A & M 
Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow and Mosesso, Saffold, Chanin, Poss and Reguero 
Vandy began with a strong 229 from the lineup it has used this weekend, then made wholesale changes in Game 2 inserting all available seniors on Senior Day and adding Poss since Natalie Goodman is still sidelined with mononucleosis. The `Dores dominated the Bulldogs from the beginning.

VU - Louisiana Tech 
Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
Game two was never close either as the Commodores appear to have picked up where they left things yesterday.

Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
What appeared to be a disappointing loss to 17th ranked Valparaiso turned into one of the most thrilling Commodore victories in tourney history. After four straight losses by relatively small margins, Vandy faced the fifth and last game down 73 pins and with little apparent momentum. It began slowly, one strike at a time. Three straight, then six. Fry's strike in the eighth needed some divine help. Reguero had a huge strike in the ninth and all between Vandy and its second perfect Baker in two years at this tourney was the 10th. Renslow cooly made the first one as the `Dore boosters went wild. The next ball didn't produce, knocking down seven but the resulting 286 seemed safe despite the 69 pin deficit. The score was the sixth best Baker in program history.

Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
The Commodores stayed red-hot against the Blazers, racking up Baker scores of 245-254-202-237-236. The 1,174 eclipsed Saturday's 1,166, which had been the school's second highest 5-Game Baker score in program history.

Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
It's not every day you knock over 1,084 pins and get smoked but that was the case as the No. 1 rated Huskers put on a bowling clinic with a 1,206. Credit the `Dores for not withering in the assault and credit Nebraska for exceptional play.


Commodores first at Music City Classic

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March 7, 2015


SMYRNA, TN---The second best team game in program history and steady play throughout the day boosted the host Vanderbilt Commodores into first place after Saturday's action had concluded at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic.

Vanderbilt ended the day with a 4-1 won-loss mark and 58 pins more than second place Central Missouri. Since the tournament format had to be revised due to the winter travel problems of many teams, Sunday's play will consist of five, five-game Baker matches and not the typical bracket. Technically an official tournament champion cannot be crowned as two-day tournaments are not considered adequate per NCAA rules.

One of the Commodores' wins came against No. 9 ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater; Vandy's 1,166 score was the second best in school history. Freshman Katie Stark blazed the trail with a lead-off 288, fifth best ever by a Commodore, notching a spare in the first and following it with 10 strikes and an 8-count.

With the lanes seemingly on fire and all five `Dores well over 200, the big Vanderbilt cheering section was roaring with each successive bingo.

"I thought we began pretty good but we lost some focus after the big game with Whitewater," said Coach John Williamson. "We started really slow against Central Missouri and even slower against LIU (a team coming off a tourney win at Stephen F. Austin) but luckily we were able to put a middle together that got us back in it. When we want to accomplish what we want to accomplish you can't have starts like that but we'll learn and come back better."

Williamson once again liked what the middle of his lineup of Nicole PowellAmanda Fry and Rebeca Reguero offered in terms of consistency.

I think Nicole, Amanda and Rebeca were very good," he continued. "Rebeca didn't post the monster scores but she was solid all day. Amanda had some great games and could have had even higher ones. It's hard to remember that this is really just Nicole's fifth day of spending extensive time in the order and she is holding her own quite well."

Reguero credited energy and teamwork to the good day.

"The shot is definitely there and once we keep the energy up in the settee we do very well," Reguero says. "We were supporting each other in that 1100 game. Everyone was bowling well today. Robyn has held us up so many times these past years so today was our turn to hold her up a bit."

Fry, the junior from California, said she was having a blast.

"I was having so much fun," she said. "Following Nicole and having Becs behind me, I didn't have to worry about making a good shot or a bad shot. It was just fun; I thought I was fairly consistent on my first shot and pretty clean on my spares and I think that was the case for most of our team all day.

"We wanted to double in each half and I think we pretty much did that today," Fry continued. "Katie's 10 in a row were incredible in that big game and she is a huge spark of energy for our team. We all fed off the energy; we could have capitalized on even more opportunities in that game."

Vanderbilt has now posted its two best team games in the same season. It's 1,236 at Kutztown is one of the highest scores in NCAA history.

Play begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Smryna Bowling Center.

Vandy Capsules 
VU - Saint Peters 
Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
The middle part of the Commodore lineup was steady and strong with Powell, Fry and Reguero, whose 236 led the way. Fry was on course for a possible 279 when her first ball in the ninth caught her ankle and fell in the gutter. She recovered for a fine 227. The lane pattern seemed friendly to left-handers and Vandy responded by using four.

VU - Saint Francis (NY) 
Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
All four lefties cracked 200, aided in part by very strong finishes. Powell led everyone with a 238, ending with four straight. Stark had a 6-bagger to close at 229 and Reguero had three strikes in her last four balls for finish at 203.

VU - Wisconsin Whitewater 
Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
Vanderbilt exploded for an 1,166 - second highest team score in program history - and overwhelmed a good Whitewater team for its third win of the day. Stark notched a spare in the first, the rattled off 10 in a row to a 288, fifth best individual score in program history. All five `Dores were well over 200 and all had long strings of strikes as a partisan crowd roared its approval for each new bulls-eye. Vandy had notched a 1,236 game at the Kutztown Invitational earlier this season. The pin count pushed VU into a temporary tourney lead.

VU - Central Missouri 
Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
Fourth ranked Central Missouri put the Commodores into a quick deficit position and with solid play was able to maintain it for the win. The `Dores were a little creaky early coming off their big pin effort but settled in a bit too late. The 1,008 pins were enough to beat some teams but not a top team playing well. Stark had strikes in seven of her last eight balls to end at 225, Fry closed with four in a row for 216 and Reguero added 202.

VU - LIU Brooklyn 
Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
Vandy once again dug itself in a quick, big hole but this time were able to regroup and won a grind-it-out game. Reguero closed with six strikes in seven throws for a fine 248 and Fry was a big help with her 225. The `Dores pulled away with five strikes in the eighth.


Strong finish boosters Vandy bowlers

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March 6, 2015


SMYRNA, TN---With a winter storm causing havoc with travel for a number of entered teams at Vanderbilt's 11th annual Columbia 300 Music City Classic bowling tournament, what was to be Day 1 became an independent competitive day with results not counting toward the tournament standings but simply as official won-loss marks for NCAA records.

As a result, Saturday's Day 2 will become the official start to the event. Team warm-ups will begin at 11 a.m. and competitive at 11:30. There will be six team games on tap Saturday and Baker play Sunday to decide the winner. Five more teams will reach Nashville before tomorrow morning, making a total of 22 programs in the tournament.

Sam Houston State went unbeaten in four games and averaged 207.8 to lead the Friday action. Top-ranked Nebraska and host Vanderbilt both went 4-1 and were a close second and third among the 17 teams that were able to reach Nashville in lieu of the storm.

For the host Commodores, the day began in a sluggish manner before things picked up sharply after the second game, a loss to St. Francis (Pa.)

"At the start of the day we weren't sharp, we didn't execute well and didn't seem into it," Coach John Williamson said. "After the St. Francis match we had a discussion and I thought the last three were much better.

I felt when we inserted Amanda (Fry) into the 3 spot we began to click and for the most part, Nicole (Powell), Amanda and Rebeca (Reguero) most of the day were really sharp and held us up. I don't think our top and bottom had their best days so it was good to see others can carry the load."

"After the match we lost we huddled up and coach put our heads on right, helped us focus," Powell said. "I think our energy might have been a little low at the start."

One of the high games of the day was Vanderbilt's 279 against Florida A&M. Only a lonely 7-pin in the sixth frame stood between Vanderbilt and a 300 game. The game just-started the Commodores to a 5-game total of 1,131, the best score of the day by any team.

"It was crazy during that game, everyone was making great shots," Powell said. "Katie was disappointed but she made a good shot and covered the spare."

Vanderbilt used a left-hand dominant lineup much of the day to good effectiveness.

Vandy Game Capsules 
VU 929 Howard 733 
Lineup: Stark, Powell, Reguero, Poss, Renslow 
Vanderbilt opened a wide lead from the start and despite some missed spare opportunities, cruised to victory against the Bison.

Saint Francis (Pa) 993 VU 974 
Lineup varied: Stark, Powell, Mosesso/Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
Saint Francis bounced back from an opening 794 game to add 199 pins to their total and edged the Commodores by 19 pins.

VU 1,085 N.C. A&T 996 
Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
Vanderbilt had a narrow lead after winning three of the first four games by slim margins before breaking it open with a big fifth game. The pin count pushed Vandy temporarily into third place on the day behind Nebraska and Sam Houston State.

VU 988 Bethune Cookman 777 
Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow/Saffold 
This game was never in doubt although it produced one of the more emotional moments of the season when senior Liz Saffold was substituted to throw the last ball in the last game and produced a ringing strike. Teammates screamed and hugged and bystanders wondered if a 300 game had just happened.

VU 1,131 Florida A&M 1,011 
Lineup: Stark, Powell, Fry, Reguero, Renslow 
The highlight of this match came in the first game when a ringing 7 pin in the sixth frame was the only thing between the Commodores and their fourth perfect game in program history. The Rattlers were not shaken and made it a competitive match to the end.