Texas Bound: Vanderbilt travels to Arlington, Texas, Thursday for the Prairie View A&M Invitational, which runs Friday afternoon through Sunday at Arlington's famous International Training and Research Center, the finest bowling center in the country and home to Team USA and other elite squads.
The Field: Alabama State, Arkansas State, Bethune-Cookman, Central Missouri, Louisiana Tech, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Nebraska, Norfolk State, Prairie View, Stephen F. Austin, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt.
Tourney Format: Five, 5-Game Baker matches Friday starting at 12:20 p.m. (CT), five tea games Saturday beginning at 9:40 a.m. and Sunday's best four-of-seven Bakers starting at 8:30 a.m.
Defending Champs: Vanderbilt is the tournament's defending champion, having beaten Nebraska in the semifinals and Maryland-Eastern Shore in last year's finals.
Tough Sledding: Not only are three of the top four teams from last week's Kutztown event on hand (UMES, Vandy and Norfolk State), they are joined by No. 1 rated Central Missouri, No. 6 Nebraska and No. 7 Arkansas State.
Perfect Memories: The International Training and Research Center is the site of last year's perfect game by Brittni Hamilton, the only 300 in program history. And because of the center's enhanced technology, there was a video of Hamilton's final ball in that game Watch Hamilton's Final Strike
Coach Williamson Says: "This is always a very good event. We like to be where the good teams are and this week that is Texas. We have a very short turn-around from returning last Sunday to leaving, but a year ago we had a flu epidemic and didn't even practice between Kutztown and Arlington, so I'm not concerned about that aspect at all."
Carper's video blog: Vanderbilt fans should be certain to watch the excellent video reports that senior Kim Carper is contributing a couple of days after returning home. Kim spent last fall interning with the athletic communications office. Watch her latest video.
More Carper News: Carper was informed this week she has won a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship from the Southeastern Conference for her community service and leadership work and will now compete with winners from the SEC's other 13 schools for the Brad Davis Community Service Award, which offers an additional $5,000 award.
Webcast:Bowl.com will once again be on hand to live stream and provide statistics. Fans looking to follow the Commodores this weekend may also do so via Vanderbilt's USTREAM channel when the `Dores are not being spotlighted by bowl.com.