Notebook: Off to NCAA Championships

April 9, 2012

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Tournament Schedule
The Mid-American Conference and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission are serving as co-hosts for 2012 NCAA Championships, which will be held at the Freeway Lanes in Wickliffe, Ohio.

Wednesday: Practice and Student-Athlete Banquet
Thursday: Qualifying Block 1 (9-2 local)
Qualifying Block 2 (3-7:30 local)
Friday: Bracket Baker games begin at 9:00 a.m. (local)
Saturday: Championship game at 7:00 p.m. (CT)

Vandy's NCAA Tourament History
This will be Vanderbilt's seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship. Here are the finishes from the beginning of the program in 2004-05.

  • 2005-did not qualify
  • 2006-fifth
  • 2007-NCAA Champions
  • 2008-third
  • 2009-fifth
  • 2010-fifth
  • 2011-second
Following the tournament
There will be daily reports beginning Wednesday evening geared for Vanderbilt fans on

Live streaming of all Friday matches and any "if necessary" games can be found on

Saturday Night Live! For the first time, the championship game will be telecast live on ESPNU at 7:00 p.m. (CT). A 90-minute condensed replay will occur Sunday on ESPN at 1:30 p.m. (CT).

Vandy's Season Overview
Vanderbilt finished the year rated fourth in both the NTCA coaches and media polls. The Commodores won three tournaments, placed second in two others and were in the top four in eight of nine events.

Three Commodores were among the national leaders in individual average during the season. Brittni Hamilton averaged 207.04 over 46 games; Jessica Earnest had a 205.43 average in 46 games and Samantha Hesley carried a 199.96 average in 45 games.

Quoting Commodore Head Coach John Williamson
"This is a national championship event with eight teams, any one of which is capable of winning. It is a reward for an excellent season and being a part of it creates lasting memories. We have approached this tournament the same way we've prepared for every tournament and our goal is to have a chance to win on the last day."

Official NCAA Championship Program
Read up on the Commodores and other teams in the championship field by checking out the 2012 NCAA Championships program. Read Program

All Access: Preparation is Key
In her latest video for, Kim Carper gives Vanderbilt fans a behind-the-scenes look at preparing for the Music City Classic. The video includes a senior send-off and also includes a special motivational speaker and highlights a few of the team's dance moves. Watch Video


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