LA Tech Wraps up Action at the Prairie View A&M Invitational
Feb. 4, 2018
ARLINGTON, Texas - After a weekend of grueling competition against some of the nation’s best, the No. 19 Louisiana Tech women’s bowling team took home a 12th-place finish in the Prairie View A&M Invitational.
All 12 teams competing throughout the weekend were ranked among the top-25 in the National TenPin Coaches Association (NTCA) Poll.
“Overall, we had a pretty successful tournament,” head coach Matt Nantais said. “This is the first time that this team has competed in an event as stacked as this was this weekend. We had some pretty big wins and a few close losses.”
“Today was a little bit of a letdown, but I still believe that we will bounce back at our next event. Overall, I’m very proud of how we represented ourselves this weekend.”
The Techsters raced out of the gates early on and accomplished something no other Tech bowling team had done before them – knocking off the number one team in the nation.
In just their second baker match on Friday, the Techsters took care of No. 1 Nebraska by a score of 999-940. Tech would add two more ranked victories on the day, defeating No. 17 North Carolina A&T, 1,001-935 and No. 6 Vanderbilt, 901-883.
The squad wrapped up day one in 10th place with a 3-2 record and a pin total of 4,777; good for an average of 191.1.
On day two, in the traditional format of the tournament, Tech scratched out a nail-biting victory over Southland conference foe, No. 5 Sam Houston State, 1,035-1,028, but finished the day with a 1-5 mark and entered Sunday’s bracket play as the number 11 seed, with a pin average of 192.7.
In Sunday’s bracket action, the Techsters fell to No. 8 Eastern Maryland Shore, 4-1, and No. 17 North Carolina A&T, 4-1.
Throughout the weekend, Tech was paced by freshman Kaitlyn Eder, who finished 21st among the 70 competitors with a weekend average of 209.33. Fellow rookie, Ashley Channell also turned in an impressive weekend, ranking 25th among individuals with a 206.17 average. Sarah McComick, Kelsey Calzaretta and Kendall Hickman all finished among the top-50 individuals, placing 41st, 42nd and 46th, respectively.
Tech returns to action in a couple weeks, competing in the Stephen F. Austin Jacks Invitational in Houston, February 16-18.
To see this year's team in action, subscribe to the LA Tech Bowling Channel on YouTube and be sure to follow @LATechBowl on both Twitter and Facebook for live updates and results.
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