Nov. 12, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. - The Louisiana Tech women's bowling team overcame a slow start to the Jackson State Sonic Boom Invitational and rallied for its first tournament championship of the season.
With the clutch performance came several individual accolades as Sarah McComic, Kendall Hickman and Ashley Channell each earned spots on the all-tournament team for their strong performances throughout the weekend. McComic was named the tournament's MVP after leading the field in average pins.
"In our last game against Alabama State, we went in with the confidence that we were going to win," head coach Matt Nantais said. "We were very calm and relaxed. I was very happy to see the progress we have made in each tournament this season. Having three girls make the all-tournament team and one of them being an MVP was the icing on the cake. The team has gelled well this year and hopefully the trend continues."
The Lady Techsters faced some adversity early on in the tournament as they found themselves in fifth place and 403 pins out of first after the first day of competition.
"We started off Friday slow, like we had done in the last two tournaments," Nantais added. "We were just outside of where we were hoping to be at the end of the day. We made a few surface changes to the bowling balls, and they seemed to work better for us on Saturday."
The changes coach Nantais' squad made for the second day of competition were readily apparent, as Tech went a perfect 5-0 on the day, registering wins over Belmont (914-767), Grambling (1015-750), Alabama State (968-679), Southern (1025-875) and Drury (919-882).
Every Techster finished the day with at least one game of 190 or better, as the team's collective will drew Tech to second place heading into the Sunday's final round of action.
On Sunday, Tech began with a 4-2 loss to a tough (RV) Alabama State squad that bowled well throughout the tournament. However, Tech regrouped and earned a nail-biting 4-3 win over Drury for a spot in the championship match and a rematch against Alabama State.
In the championship match, the Techsters struck quickly for a 3-0 lead and would not look back, claiming a 4-1 win and a tournament crown.
Tech will return to the lanes next weekend, heading to Montgomery, Alabama, for the Hornets Classic. The tournament marks the third straight week of competition for Nantais' busy squad.
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.