Commodores finish second, bolster NCAA chances
March 1, 2014
Perhaps more significant, the Commodores appear to have improved their chances for an NCAA Championship field berth by winning two key games and going 7-3 over the two days of competition. Sunday's scheduled bracket play was cancelled due to a major snowstorm that is scheduled to hit the area Saturday night.
During Saturday's team play, Vanderbilt won a pair of thrilling, 10th frame white-knucklers that came down to the last ball in the final frame.
Goodman and Reguero figured big in the two-pin victory over Wisconsin-Whitewater. Reguero had a team best 247 but it was Goodman who cooly rolled a pair of strikes in the tenth when the chips looked down, then added seven count for the slim edge.
Two games later Vanderbilt trailed No. 5 rated Central Missouri the entire match, on occasion by over 40 pins, before mounting a late rally that still seemed a bit too little and too late. Every Commodore had at least one strike in the memorable tenth and when CMU failed to convert a single pin spare in the fourth spot of the rotation, Goodman spared, then struck for a scant one-pin win.
Nebraska won the abbreviated tournament, which was based on two-day pin fall. McKendree's Jodi Gawlik was the tournament MVP with a 229 average over five games. The all-tourney berth was the first of Reguero's career. She was third overall with a 215.2 average. Goodman narrowly missed the honor team.
Vanderbilt will host its home tournament next Friday through Sunday at the Smyrna Bowling Center. With 30 teams entered, it will be the largest NCAA field of the entire year.
Unable to change flights or secure a bus, the Commodores returned to their hotel and hope to be able to return to campus Sunday evening depending upon the impact of the snow fall.