Nebraska earned the top seed after tying with Fairleigh Dickinson and Sam Houston State with 5-2 marks on the basis of pin fall. FDU has the second seed, followed by Sam Houston, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Arkansas State, Vandy and Central Missouri -- who entered the tournament as the NCAA's No. 1 seed and to the surprise of many didn't win a single match.
The winner of the Vanderbilt-FDU match will play the winner of the Arkansas State - Sam Houston State match while the losing teams drop into the loser's bracket. Play begins at 10:40 CDT and all games will be streamed live by NCAA.com.
Despite the lack of emphasis on pushing hard to win the games, it was an uneven day of play for the Commodores, who seldom had all cylinders firing at the same time. To survive Friday and be playing Saturday, that will have to change in this elite field.
Arkansas State 962 VU 950 The first round of seeding produced scores in the mid-900's on most lanes. This match was uneven with both teams seeing a higher percentage than normal of splits and difficult leaves. Rachael Giddings struck out for the Wolves to notch a 241, probably the difference in this tight match. Renslow's 236 led VU. Jessica Earnest 175 Nicole Mosesso 167 Amanda Fry 194 Natalie Goodman 178 Robyn Renslow 236
VU 979 Fairleigh Dickinson 954 The Commodores made two substitutions and they resulted in a par of 200+ games. Kim Carper led the team with a 216 and Tori Ferris went 202 as Vanderbilt led the Knights throughout the game. In addition to the lineup personnel, Fry moved into the leadoff and Goodman went to the four slot. Fry 189 Ferris 202 Carper 216 Goodman 190 Renslow 182
Nebraska 1,079 VU 985 The Huskers bowled well with Kristi Mickelson leading the way with a 269 and Vandy couldn't quite catch fire. Earnest 186 Ferris 188 Carper 189 Goodman 204 Renslow 218
Wisconsin-Whitewater 953 VU 914 Bowling on the far lanes, this game appeared to lack the intensity. Whitewater, which was coming off some nice prior wins, pulled ahead in the late frames. Senior Courtney Morgan played in Carper's No. 3 spot. Goodman 177 Mosesso 195 Morgan 164 Earnest 194 Renslow 184
VU 1,055 Central Missouri 1,001 The Commodores had their highest scoring total of the day against the top seeded Jennies. Earnest rode a closing five-bagger to a 236 and got ample help from Mosesso (228, highlighted by a four-bagger) and Goodman (213). It was close most of the way but VU poked ahead for keeps with an all-strike eighth frame and then finished well. Sarah O'Brien, the senior who is essentially out with complications from two hip surgeries, got to finish Renslow's 10th frame and she responded with a strike. Goodman 213 Mosesso 228 Fry 182 Earnest 236 Renslow 186
UMES 1,145 VU 931 Vanderbilt ran into a strike throwing machine and it was never close. The Hawks star freshman Kristi Lopez had the front eight in the lead-off hole. She ended with a 266 and two teammates contributed 258 and 240. Goodman 194 Mosesso 191 Ferris 217 Earnest 156 Renslow 173
Sam Houston State 915 VU 895 This one looked grim at the halfway mark but a strong finish left the Dores feeling upbeat as they left the Super Bowl lanes. Red-shirt junior Lauren Rhein was in the lineup and her closing four strikes gave her a nice 197. Fry 161 Carper 161 Rhein 197 Earnest 156 Rhein 220