Jan. 12, 2011
CABOT, AR---Vanderbilt bowlers begin the spring semester portion of their schedule Friday with Arkansas State’s Mid-Winter Classic. The tournament was not a part of the Commodores’ original season slate but has been an event Vanderbilt has attended in past years.
“We’re looking at this tournament in a sense as the start of a second season,” Coach John Williamson said. “The fall semester is one season, spring is a second and the NCAA Tournament would be a third. There are good teams coming to the Mid-Winter and we’re looking forward to it.”
The Commodores had their share of trouble during the fall and will be working to reverse their fortunes this spring. They carry a No. 12 national rank, their lowest since the program’s first year of existence when it was unrated.
Over the recent winter holiday break, several members of the team struck gold in Las Vegas with junior Brittni Hamilton earning a spot on the Team USA roster and sophomore Jessica Earnest likewise getting a berth on the Junior Team USA. A third current Commodore, Kim Carper, was also competing at the trials.
Williamson said he will travel his team’s entire roster to the tournament, which begins at noon Friday with five, 5-Game Baker matches. Saturday’s play starts at 9:30 with five traditional team games and things conclude Sunday with three rounds of best four-of-seven Bakers.
The field includes Alabama A & M, Alabama State, Arkansas State, Central Missouri, Delaware State, Jackson State, Louisiana Tech, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Nebraska, Prairie View, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern, Valparaiso and Vanderbilt.
The ALLFAM Bowling Center in Cabot, Ark., will host the tournament.