Aug. 22, 2012
LAS VEGAS---For the second day in a row, a Team USA unit that included Vanderbilt assistant coach Josie Earnest narrowly missed the medal stand at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championship.
Earnest, Diandra Asbaty and Leanne Hulsenberg missed out on the bronze medal by a scant 14 pins over six games of competition but happily their Team USA teammates - Shannon Pluhowsky, Liz Johnson and Stephanie Nation - won the gold medal by averaging 222.61. Earnest's trio averaged 215.44.
The PABCON continues Thursday with team play and Earnest was informed she will bowl both days on the five-woman USA team. The USA team will be Pluhowsky, Johnson, Asbaty, Nation and Earnest. There will be three games bowled each day.
"As the tournament progresses we are getting more and more into a team atmosphere and I'm really enjoying that," Earnest says. "I haven't been able to get that team feeling since I graduated from college and it is pretty cool."
Earnest, the youngest member of Team USA, says she is learning much about the game that she has already established herself as one of the nation's best bowlers.
"For example, I bowled with Leanne Hulsenberg, a Hall of Famer that has won something like 30 tournaments and she told me she was nervous," Earnest said. "That probably didn't help Leanne but it did wonders for me because I was also nervous but when I realized she was nervous I didn't think what I was feeling was out of line."
Friday's team play will be over a short pattern with Saturday's finale day on a long oil pattern. Compete coverage and live streaming is found on bowl.com.