Photo Story: VU Bowling team practices

Two years after the Vanderbilt bowling program was initiated the team is well on its way to earning Vanderbilt its first ever National Title. VandyMania gives you a look inside the Commodore bowling program by bringing you along for an afternoon practice.


The Smyrna Bowling Center is where the Commodores practice. The center is considered the finest in Middle Tennessee.


The Vanderbilt team arrives daily at the center at between 2 and 2:30 in a Gold van driven by head coach John Williamson.


The Smyrna facility has over 50 lanes and is one of the largest in the nation.


It may seem like it's all fun and games but the Commodores run through situational drills just like other Commodore teams.


One of the advantages of the Smyrna facility is that have computerized controls at their disposal. Here' Williamson programs the computer to set up only certain pins for a drill.


Yikes! Notice in this photo that all the lanes have splits, the hardest situation in bowling. The team can work on different situations such as this thanks to the technology available.


Notice the different boards in this photo on the lane. Players are trained to deterime which board to roll on for different situations, similar to how greens are used in golf.


The Bowling Center is proud to be the training center for one of the nation's top bowling programs. Score monitors not in use give evidence to this.


Michelle Peloquin was the team's top returning bowler but this year is getting good competition from freshman Josie Earnest who was the nation's top high school bowling prospect last year. Josie recently bowled a 268 at the Arkansas State tournament.


At about 5 p.m. it's time to head back to Vandy for some of Magic's fine food and an evening of hard studying.


video- Newest Vanderbilt bowling hot shot Josie Earnest gets a strike


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