Jan. 25, 2013
READING, PA---Vanderbilt's focus coming into the Kutztown Invitational was to achieve consistency and for five games the Commodores were making high marks.
Unfortunately, there were six games in the Friday session and the last one was a clunker that once again left the third-rated `Dores with a sour taste as they left Hiester Lanes. St. Francis (Pa) thumped Vandy, 831-725, to leave the Tennesseans in third place in pin count with a 5-1 record on the day.
"It seems lately that every tournament ends with a thud," said an exasperated Coach John Williamson. "We were cruising along in decent shape and then we just fell flat. When you begin a game with a 137 you are self-inflicting wounds that are hard to overcome. Whether we would have won the game - St. Francis bowled very well - is another matter but the inconsistency just has to stop."
The day - which Williamson characterized as "better overall" - got off to promising start with victories over Fairleigh Dickinson, Long Island, Adelphi, Monmouth and New Jersey City. After five games the Commodores were solidly in second place in pin count behind Maryland-Eastern Shore. After the sixth game stumble, Vandy is third with Norfolk State moving into second.
For the first four games, Vanderbilt used a rotation of Amanda Fry, Tori Ferris, Natalie Goodman, Robyn Renslow and Jessica Earnest. For the last two, it was Nicole Mosesso, Ferris, Kim Carper, Renslow and Earnest.
"Kutztown runs a first-class event but they were not able to put down the pattern they wanted to and had announced," Williamson said. "We made some adjustments as did everyone and tomorrow I think we will come out for the traditional games and bowl very well. We're in decent shape and we will put it together."
Complete statistics will be attached as soon as they are received.