'Dores relish practicing at home in new bowling center

March 24, 2014

By Rod Williamson | Subscribe to Commodore Nation

Vanderbilt’s bowling team has been enjoying a new practice facility since the start of the spring semester. The Commodores’ new home is in the Recreation and Wellness Center, just 150 yards south of the McGugin Center on Vanderbilt’s campus.

Gone are the 30-minute one-way drives to the Smyrna Bowling Center, which was home to the team for seven years and will continue to be the site of the Music City Classic tournament, held this year March 7-9.

The new four-lane center is modeled after the sport’s premier International Training and Research Center in Texas. In addition to the technology advances, the location of the lanes gives the team a big boost.

For example, NCAA rules allow for specified one-on-one instruction, which was not feasible before with a one-hour commute. Now the team’s practice routine has times slotted for individual and group work, a big plus.

“The new center allows us to be much more efficient,” Coach John Williamson said. “It has a very positive impact on our program with its high-tech amenities and by giving our student-athletes back an hour a practice day, with no commute.”

The center is also available during non-varsity scheduled times for the campus community’s recreational bowling.

Vanderbilt hopes to be among the eight programs that qualify for this year’s NCAA Championship, April 10-12 in Cleveland.



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