Oct. 22, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Tech women’s bowling team rolled into the 2017-18 season on a high note, finishing in fourth place among a competitive field at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Classic hosted by Tulane.
Tournament Standings & Results
“Having some time to reflect on this weekend, I know the future of this team is bright," head coach Matt Nantais noted. “Everyone stepped up their game this weekend and competed at a very high level.”
Among some of the best teams in the nation, the Lady Techsters held their own and finished ahead of three nationally-ranked programs in No. 19 UAB, No. 20 Prairie View A&M and No. 25 Duquesne.
Tech saw many impressive individual efforts across the board, but a pair of newcomers in Ashley Channell and Kaitlyn Eder stole the show. The two just missed out on earning all-tournament honors, but displayed their capabilities admirably. Channell posted the 11th-highest average at 210.60, while Eder finished with the 12th-best mark at 210.20.
Among the 90 bowlers in competition over the weekend, Tech saw five finish among the top-50.
“I was impressed with our effort across the board," said Nantais. “Ashley and Kaitlyn both averaged 210 for the weekend, and just missed out on the all-tournament team. Sarah McComic had one of her best tournaments since I’ve been here. She bowled her highest game ever with a 277 against Lincoln Memorial. Kelsey Calzaretta also worked extremely hard in the off-season to improve her game, and it really showed throughout this weekend.”
Tech began the weekend with the baker format of competition on Friday and averaged 193 as a team. That average score was higher than any team average posted last season. After Friday, Tech remained within striking distance in seventh place among the field of 14.
On Saturday, the common theme for the team was constantly trending upwards. At one point in the day, Tech had moved into as high as fifth place. In a tough defeat to Lincoln Memorial, Sarah McComic recorded a career-best game of 277.
When the day finished, Tech saw itself in sixth place, matched up against the number 5 overall seed, Lincoln Memorial in Sunday’s bracket play.
On Sunday, the Techsters came out strong against the Railsplitters, earning a 4-1 triumph and advancing to the second round of the winner’s bracket. Against the No. 4 seed, UAB Blazers, Tech fell behind two games to none, but sparked an impressive rally, winning four straight and advancing to the third-place game against Stephen F. Austin.
The matchup with the Lady Jacks marked the first time Tech had squared off with the nationally-recognized squad in Sunday action.
However, Stephen F. Austin put an end to the Lady Techsters’ winning ways, claiming a 4-1 triumph and third place in the tournament.
Tech will return to action next weekend in the TRACK Kat Klash hosted by Sam Houston University. 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 updates and results.