LA Tech Bowling Places 3rd at Hornet Classic

<b>Jr. Kay Rawls</b>
Jr. Kay Rawls

Nov. 18, 2013

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RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech bowling team wrapped a weekend full of competition Sunday, as the team posted a third place finish in the Hornet Classic hosted by Alabama State in Montgomery, Ala.

LA Tech opened tournament play Friday with two opening victories over Southern University and Texas Southern, but the Lady Techsters faltered in the following matches with losses to Alabama A&M and Florida A&M University.

On Day 2 of the Hornet Classic, head coach Jerry Miles and the Lady Techsters faced five separate opponents in match play and entered the day in 8th place. In the first game, LA Tech started the day with a victory over Jackson State in a match highlighted by a game-high score of 225 by Kay Rawls.

Louisiana Tech fell in the following two games against UAB and Sam Houston State, but regained the lead with a win over Grambling State in the fourth match of the day and a victory over the higher-ranked Tulane Green Wave in the final match Saturday.

In individual scoring, Rawls led the way for LA Tech, ranking fourth among approximately 70 bowlers with a total pin count of 1018 in five games and an average of 203.6, a score that earned her honors on the Hornet Classic All-Tournament team.

Fellow Lady Techster Shelby Smith was ranked 11th among all bowlers with a score of 938 in five games, while also averaging 187.6 on the day. Harley DeKeyser end the day ranked 22nd with an average of 179.2, while senior Nicole Wilson averaged 165.4 in five games. Jessica McAda rounded things up for the Lady Techsters in individual scoring with a total of 771 and average of 154.2.

On Sunday, Louisiana Tech competed against three different opponents in separate matches in a best of seven baker format in the tournament's final day.

LA Tech began the day with a victory over UAB in the opening match, as the Lady Techsters went on to win the sixth game and clinch the first match, winning four of the first six games. In the second match on Sunday, LA Tech also prevailed in six games against Florida A&M, while winning the first three games of the match, before notching a victory in the sixth game.

The Lady Techsters wrapped up a day full of competition as they clinched a third place finish in the Hornet Classic with the third match of the day against Alabama A&M, winning four of six games to end the tournament.

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