VU Bowlers shock defending national champs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt finished up the Music City Classic with a victory against No. 1 Nebraska (1112-1098), earning the Commodores a third place finish.

In the final match of the day against the Huskers, freshman Kaitlin Reynolds set a new school record when she notched 11 consecutive strikes, and left only one pin remaining in her 12th frame. Sophomore Mandy Keily set the previous game high record of 278.

"I was really nervous but I was trying to make sure I took the best shots I could. I was trying not to worry about 300," Reynolds said. "I was a little disappointed at the last pin, but this was my first 299. It was still a good game."

The Commodores went 5-2 during the weekend, with key wins against Alabama A&M, Arkansas State, and Nebraska.

Freshman Michelle Peloquin was named to the All-Tournament team for her 223.89 average and 2015 pins in 9 games.

"Our performance was pretty good through out. We bowled a lot better than we scored. We didn't catch all the breaks that some of our opponents had," VU Head Coach John Williamson said. "I think our win against Nebraska really shows our team's growth. Michelle [Peloquin] and Tara Kane both got two tough splits at the end and Kaitlin had a 299. I think this shows we are maturing and are up to the challenge of a team like Nebraska."

At the award ceremony following the tournament, Vanderbilt's three seniors were recognized for their commitment and leadership.

"I'm really proud of the seniors for what they've done in two years," Williamson said. "They've really helped direct our team."

The Commodores will have one more tournament of the regular season, next weekend at the Brunswick Windy City Invitational in Chicago.

TEAM RESULTS

1. Nebraska 9670

2. Central Missouri 9496

3. Vanderbilt 9076

4. Alabama A&M 9051

5. Arkansas State 8894

6. Wisconsin-Whitewater 8772

7. Minnesota State-Makato 8732

8. Sacred Heart 8666

9. Cheyney 5667

VANDERBILT RESULTS

4. Michelle Peloquin 2015

15. Mandy Keily 1667

18. Kaitlin Reynolds 1635

28. Taka Kane 1569

37. Karen Grygiel 1704


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