March 25, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's women's bowling team placed 23rd last weekend at the Music City Classic hosted by Vanderbilt in its final tournament to put an end to the 2012-13 bowling season for head coach Jerry Miles and three of his seniors.
"This was last tournament of the year for the Lady Techsters and it ended with excellent shooting by all the ladies," Miles said. "This was the final tournament for the seniors, Caitlin Craighead, Elizabeth Eldredge and Kayla Ghersini, and they will be missed dearly."
The annual Music City Classic, which was held in Smyrna, Tenn., consisted of 29 team entries, and among those, 20 were ranked by the NCAA. After a 26th place beginning in the first two days of the tournament, Tech had a chance to come up three positions on Sunday in Baker-style competition.
Tech defeated Texas Southern handedly to begin Sunday's competition with a total of 1,097 to Texas Southern's score of 886. Games of 191, 204 and 239 led the way for the opening victory. The second match against Prairie View found the Techsters dropping the match 905-786.
Tech had one final best of seven match left against North Carolina A&T, and ultimately came from behind after dropping the first three games to win the final four and the match to place 23rd for the weekend.
Senior Kayla Ghersini led Tech in individual competition Saturday by placing 26th with a total score of 1,184 in six games and an average score of 197.3, including four 200-plus scoring games. Jessica McCusker, Elizabeth Eldredge and Kay Rawls each placed in the top 100 bowlers, while senior Caitlin Craighead ranked 113th out of more than 150 bowlers that competed.