Feb. 10, 2011
DOVER, Del. - For the third consecutive tournament, one could say that Vanderbilt’s biggest challenge in reaching the weekend’s bowling tournament is simply getting there!
Yet another winter snowstorm paralyzed Nashville Wednesday evening on the eve of the team’s departure for Delaware State’s Capital Classic. The Commodores cut their Wednesday practice short after snow began to fall but found themselves in massive gridlock, turning what is normally a 25 minute drive from the practice facility to campus into a four-hour struggle.
Last month the team had its travel plans altered when it arrived in Kansas City via airplane about the same time as eight inches of snow and for the last tournament in Reading, Pa., the squad endured a five-hour delay in the Nashville airport as it waited for the Philadelphia airport to clear.
“We have learned some patience and not to sweat the small stuff,” says Coach John Williamson. “The safety and welfare of our team is more important than the itinerary and things always seem to work out. Our objective is to keep our focus on the mission of our trip.”
Vanderbilt has added a new member to its travel party of eight. Sophomore Sarah O’Brien, who had hip surgery last fall, has been practicing for several weeks after being cleared by her doctors and could well see competition this weekend.
The tournament begins with four-game Baker matches Friday at 11:30 (ET) at the Brunswick Doverama. Saturday will have the typical team games and Sunday’s matches return to best four-of-seven Bakers.
Fifteen teams, primarily east coast programs, comprise the field.