Jan. 14, 2012
RUSTON - The Lady Techsters (26-23) moved up two spots to end day two in seventh place at the Mid-Winter Classic, highlighted by an upset win over sixth-ranked Central Missouri Saturday afternoon.
Louisiana Tech went into the five person team games in ninth place with a 3-2 record. Tech won three games on Saturday to place seventh with a 6-4 record going into the final day in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
LA Tech defeated Southern University in the opening match 910-810. Junior Kayla Ghersini led Tech with a 196 pinfall in match one.
Tech's biggest win came in match two when they upset nationally-ranked Central Missouri 995-976 behind Nicole Wilson's career-high 243 pinfall.
The Lady Techsters had a lead in match three against eighth-ranked Arkansas St. but fell in the last frame 1031-1015. Arkansas St. is currently in first place with a 9-1 record.
Tech defeated UAB 970-870 in match four and went into match five with an opportunity to move up to sixth in the standings with a win. However, their worst performance came in match five as they lost to Alabama A&M 845-817.
Coach Shawn Jackson was happy with the way the girls played and hopes to build on today's success.
"We played great up until the final match. We defeated nationally-ranked teams and two quality teams in Southern and UAB," said Jackson. "We played Arkansas St. well up until the final frame and only lost by 16, but I am excited to see how the girls perform tomorrow."
Senior Houston Granger led all Tech players with an average pinfall of 203.5 and placed 10th among all bowlers in the tournament.