Bowling hosts Music City Classic

Vanderbilt's second annual Columbia 300 Music City Classic Bowling Invitational will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Pla Mor lanes.

This year's tournament includes five of the top 10 ranked teams in the nation including No. 1 ranked Nebraska, the event's defending champion, third ranked Central Missouri State No. 6 Alabama A&M, No. 9 ranked Arkansas State and Vanderbilt, which was fifth in the most recent national poll. Other contending teams include Cheyney University, Minnesota State Mankato, Sacred Heart and Wisconsin Whitewater.

"We are looking forward to a very good tournament," says Commodore Coach John Williamson. "I think the field this year is stronger from top to bottom than a year ago and based upon how teams scored in Alabama two weeks ago, it won't surprise me if we don't see some very high pin totals this weekend."

Williamson referred to Alabama A & M's Holiday Classic, in which his own team averaged 210 per individual over 10 games but still placed second to a powerful Nebraska team that put up a 213 individual average.

"This tournament is important to us," Williamson says. "We are still making our case for the NCAA Tournament next month and the stretch run of the regular season has significance. We're coming off a week of spring break and I'm hoping we come back refreshed but still sharp with our skills and focus."

Vanderbilt will have its usual freshman lineup of Michelle Peloquin, Kaitlin Reynolds, Mandy Keily, Tara Kane and Karen Grygiel plus Jennifer Redmond, Jessica Tower, Mallory Abbott, and Tywanquila Walker.

Competition begins Saturday morning at 10 :00 a.m. and should continue with team games until about 3 :00 p.m. Sunday's play starts at 9:00 a.m. with team games.

The tournament is Vanderbilt's only home competition of the year. Admission is free.


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