Participating Teams (29): Adelphi, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Arkansas State, Bethune Cookman, Central Missouri, Delaware State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida A&M, Hampton, Louisiana Tech, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Monmouth, Nebraska, New Jersey City, North Carolina A&T, Prairie View A&M, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis Brooklyn College (NY), Saint Francis University (Pa), Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern, Tulane, UAB, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Southern.
Tourney Format: Friday: Six, 4-game Baker matches (practice at 11 a.m. CDT) Saturday: Six team games (practice at 9 a.m.) Sunday: Three best-of-seven Bakers (practice at 8:30 a.m.)
Following tournament:Bowl.com with Lucas Wiseman will be on hand to stream matches live. In addition, highlights will be posted on Vanderbilt Bowling's Twitter and Facebook. The Twitter feed will be embedded into the Vanderbilt bowling web page. Due to the limited wireless access, Vanderbilt's UStream will not be able to function.
Commenting on tournament: "This is the largest and strongest field in the nine year history of our tournament," says Vanderbilt Coach John Williamson. "As some teams view this as a final tune-up of the regular season or a last chance to improve their NCAA chances, this has become one of the most competitive tournaments of the year with virtually every top 20 team is represented (17)."
Senior Day is Special: All four Commodore seniors will be in uniform and expect to see some competition. They include Jessica Earnest, Kim Carper, Courtney Morgan and Sarah O'Brien, who has been out the entire year still trying to fully recover after hip surgeries. Coach Williamson says O'Brien is not able to bowl much but hopefully will get in for a few select opportunities. Vanderbilt will honor its seniors Sunday.
Tough Winning at Home: Vanderbilt has won just two of its eight Music City Classic events. The Commodores won back-to-back in 2009 and 2010; even the 2007 NCAA championship team was third. Last year the `Dores stumbled in a distant 10th.
Last Year's Highlights: Third-rated Nebraska defeated second-ranked Arkansas State, 4-3, to win the eighth annual Columbia 300 Music City Invitational. The Husker's Kristi Mickelson averaged 223 over demanding lane conditions to win individual and Most Valuable Player honors. Alabama A&M's Addileen Pointer's 277 was the tournament's high game. The all-tournament team consisted of Nicole Trudell of Sacred Heart, Natalie Cortese of Valparaiso, Sierra Gibbons of Stephen F. Austin, Samantha Hesley of Vanderbilt and Dayna Galganski of Sam Houston State.