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Vanderbilt Finishes 3rd in Houston
VU opens in seventh at Ladyjack Classic
HOUSTON, TX---Vanderbilt’s sixth ranked bowling team won three of five games enroute to a seventh place position after the first day of Stephen F. Austin’s Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic.
The Commodores began with three straight wins over Sacred Heart, St. Francis-Brooklyn and UAB, then had a bye round before being upset by Prairie View and losing to Central Missouri, both by narrow margins.
“There are a lot of quality teams here and you have to execute to win,” Coach John Williamson said. “Our level of execution is not where we want it to be at this time of the year and at this caliber of tournament. We had too many missed makeable spares. We will regroup tonight and I expect a better day tomorrow.”
Freshman Katie Stark, bowling in the leadoff spot, had the team’s top average (208) while Nicole Powell, bowling in five of the six games, and Giselle Poss were also over 200 at 205 and 200 respectively. Poss had a streak in the third and fourth games when she registered 16 strikes in 20 attempts.
The Commodores used a rotation of Stark, Powell, Rebeca Reguero, Poss and Robyn Renslow the last five games. Amanda Fry began the day in the two spot.
Vandy will square off against Monmouth at 9:25 a.m. Saturday. Games are streamed on the program’s USTREAM channel.
Top rated Nebraska went 4-1 on the day and leads in total pin fall, averaging 219.4, followed by host SFA, Long Island-Brooklyn and Sam Houston State. Complete tournament standings and scores are found on the attachment.
Bowlers go unbeaten sweeping six foes
HOUSTON, TX---Vanderbilt went unbeaten in six games Saturday and moved up one notch on the leader board, finishing the day in sixth position heading into Sunday’s action at the LadyJack Classic. The Commodores face Central Missouri in Sunday's opening best of seven Baker play, the first of three bracket games.
Included among the Commodores’ victims were Top 10 opponents Maryland-Eastern Shore and Wisconsin-Whitewater. Other wins came against Monmouth, Southern, Texas Southern and surprising Long Island-Brooklyn.
After starting the team games with three wins, the fourth game involved the UMES Hawks, ranked No. 8 nationally. Anchor Robyn Renslow bailed her Commodores out with a sterling 247 in an otherwise low scoring, grind-it-out 938-903 game. In the day’s finale, big games came from Katie Stark (234), Nicole Powell (208) and Renslow (232) as Vandy topped No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater.
"It was really good to beat two strong teams in the last half of the day," Coach John Williamson said. "The UMES game was significant because we started poorly and were on an 850 pace midway through. Robyn had eight in a row to close but everyone picked their games up late. Long Island has been bowling well and we held them off to win, then had a good team effort to beat a good Whitewater team."
Renslow finished second individually with a 221 average, well behind the pace setting Thashaina Seraus of UMES who had a whopping 240 average. Stark was 13th, Powell 17th.
Powell, a sophomore and one of three lefties that occupied the VU lineup all afternoon, had a career best 258 to propel her team over Texas Southern, 1,080-923. Vanderbilt used all six of its travel team members during the long day with Stark, Powell, Poss and Renslow playing in all six games and Amanda Fry and Rebeca Reguero splitting time.
Nebraska leads the team standings after two days (12,575 pins) with Stephen F. Austin, Long Island-Brooklyn, Sam Houston, Central Missouri and Vanderbilt following in the 18 team field.
Vanderbilt Saturday Scores
VU 1,061 Monmouth 882 (Stark 246, Powell 209, Reguero 184, Poss, 209, Renslow 199)
VU 977 Southern 802 (Stark 208, Powell 223, Fry 202, Poss 169, Renslow 216)
VU 1,080 Texas Southern 923 (Stark 192, Powell 258, Fry 192, Poss 213, Renslow 225)
VU 939 UMES 903 (Stark 171, Powell 175, Fry 152, Poss 193, Renslow 247)
VU 977 Long Island-Brooklyn 977 (Stark 234, Powell 208, Reguero 149, Poss 169, Renslow 232)
VU 1,017 Whitewater 929 (Stark 208, Powell 185, Reguero 202, Poss 211, Renslow 185)
Torrid Commodores sweep rated foes
HOUSTON, TX---Bowling perhaps its finest two days of the season, Vanderbilt swept its three rated opponents Sunday to finish third at the Stormin’ LadyJack Classic.
The Commodores competed at a torrid pace with eight of its 17 games at 225 or higher and downed fourth-ranked Central Missouri, seventh rated Sam Houston and fifth rated Stephen F. Austin – the tournament host – to complete a two-day run of nine wins in succession. Vandy ended the event with a 12-2 won-loss mark.
Sticking with a new-found lineup of Katie Stark, Nicole Powell, Rebeca Reguero, Giselle Poss andRobyn Renslow, the ‘Dores won in a variety of ways from blistering starts to outstanding finishes while showing a tough, competitive resolve to fend off opponent’s charges in every game.
"This is as good as I've felt leaving a tournament in five years," said Coach John Williamson. "We showed a grit at times when we could have conceded a game and we executed beautifully the last two days. We averaged 222 today - leaps and bounds better than the rest of the field. We did things we haven't done in awhile and we did them with some new faces."
Williamson was quick to note the play from the first two bowlers in his rotation, Stark and Powell.
"At one point Katie had 13 strikes in 16 shots and Nicole kept a good pace in the two slot," he said. "In one game we had run off three strikes before the other team threw a ball. Their ability to get us off and running was important."
He also had much to say of the gifted Renslow, the two-time All-American who made the all-tournament team for the second time in three events.
"She is clutch," Williamson said. "She's turning into a Josie (Earnest) or Brittni (Hamilton) and we kinda expect her to play at a high level. She led our team in average Friday (211) and to be honest, if I didn't have the stat sheet I might not have realized what she had done because she does it in such a quiet way. Right now she is as good as anyone in the country."
After winning two of the first three Baker games against Central Missouri with scores of 290 and 268, Game 4 gave an indication of the theme of the day. Trailing over 30 pins at the halfway mark, Vandy finished with five strikes in a row to pull away and take a 3-1 edge. Another run of five straight in Game 6 was ample to end the match, 4 games to 2.
Next up was defending national champion Sam Houston State. Vanderbilt cruised in the first game but lost two straight games that came down to the 10th frame. Rather than buckle, Vandy rattled off three consecutive wins, helped by the front six in Game 5 and the front four in the sixth and final game.
Stephen F. Austin has been a nemesis much of the season but in the third place game, the ‘Dores spotted the hosts Game 1 and then bowled superbly in winning the next four. Scores of 258-259-233 and a hard-fought 215-212 fifth game included long strings of strikes in every match.
The team’s 12-2 won-loss mark was significant as it gives a major boost to its NCAA portfolio. The Commodores next action is March 6 at their own Columbia 300 Music City Classic.
About the only thing that went wrong for Vanderbilt was Mother Nature. The team's commercial flight was cancelled due to weather in other parts of the country and it is now hoping to return to campus Monday night.
Vanderbilt Sunday Results
VU 4 Central Missouri 2
VU 4 Sam Houston State 2
VU 4 Stephen F. Austin 1