Feb. 23, 2012
This Week: The Commodores travel south a couple hours to Bessemer, Ala., for Alabama A&M's annual Holiday Classic. Play begins Friday afternoon at 3:45 (CT) with five, four-game Baker sets. Saturday's team games start at 9:30 and Sunday's four-of-seven Bakers are at 8:30.
The Field: A smaller field with just nine teams that include Alabama A&M, Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama State, Arkansas State, Central Missouri, Southern, Tulane, Valparaiso and Vanderbilt.
Staying in the Loop: Once again there will be a USTREAM of Vanderbilt action and vucommodores.com will provide daily recaps. Watch
Vandy's Travelers: It will be the same seven Commodores heading to Bessemer as in recent tournaments: seniors Samantha Hesley and Brittni Hamilton; junior Courtney Morgan, Kim Carper and Jessica Earnest and freshmen Rebeca Reguero and Natalie Goodman.
Recent Holiday History: The Commodores won the Holiday Classic a year ago, beating Central Missouri in the title match, 4-1. Brittni Hamilton won the individual championship. Two years ago the Commodores were fourth and they placed second in 2009.
All Access Episode 4: In her latest blog for NCAA.com, Kim Carper gives a behind-the-scenes look at some of the team's off-the-lanes work and play. Watch