Jan. 17, 2008
Vanderbilt's bowling team returns to the competitive lanes this weekend when it travels to Missouri for Central Missouri State's annual Greater Ozark Invitational.
The Commodores travel Thursday evening for Friday's five Baker games that will be played in Warrensburg and are not considered part of the primary tournament. There they will face Central Missouri, Arkansas State, Minnesota State, Elmhurst and Fontbonne.
The teams then move to Springfield for the weekend's main event, to be joined by Nebraska, Southern and, in an interesting addition, several IBC or "club" programs that include IBC power Pikeville.
"We've been practicing since the semester began but we've had a very long layoff," says Coach John Williamson. "We are looking forward to getting back to competing. We are also looking forward to competing with those IBC programs; we will play one club team Saturday and get matched up with a second team on Sunday."
The two games with the club programs will not be included in official NCAA statistics or records but they offer an interesting glimpse at college's bowling past - before it was an NCAA sanctioned sport - and the present, where many of the nation's top prep bowlers have chosen to attend NCAA sponsored universities.
There are five team games on Saturday, plus one more club opponent match, and then two more team games, the "cross-over" club game and three 5-game Baker sets to close the tournament.
The Commodores, rated No. 2 nationally in the January poll, will travel with their fall tournament lineup that includes juniors Michelle Peloquin, Karen Grygiel, Tara Kane, sophomores Josie Earnest and Ashley Belden, and freshmen Ellen Morrison, Amanda Halter and Brittany Garcia.
During the fall portion of its schedule, Vanderbilt was second at the Cheeseland Invitational in Wisconsin, repeated as champions at the Hawk Classic at Maryland - Eastern Shore and was second at the Capital City Classic in Mississippi.
The tournament in Springfield will be held at the Sunshine Lanes with Saturday's games beginning at noon. Sunday's action starts at 8:30.