Jan. 12, 2012
RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech bowling team (20-19) returns to action after a month-long hiatus as Tech travels to Jonesboro, Arkansas to compete in the Mid-Winter Classic Jan. 13-15.
The Lady Techsters will faces its toughest schedule yet as the 17-team field includes seven of the top-10 teams in the land and eight of the top-20 teams according to the National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll. Defending national champion and fourth-ranked Maryland Eastern Shore and top-ranked Valparaiso University are among the teams competing in the Mid-Winter Classic.
Other teams competing in the Mid-Winter Classic include fifth-ranked Sam Houston St., sixth-ranked Vanderbilt and Central Missouri, eighth-ranked Nebraska and Arkansas St., and 11th-ranked Stephen F. Austin.
Coach Shawn Jackson is excited to see how his team stacks up against the best teams in the country.
“Playing in a tournament with teams like Valparaiso and Maryland Eastern Shore gives us an opportunity to see how far we’ve come since our last tournament,” said Jackson. “Maryland Eastern Shore has won two of the last three national championships and there are five teams that have won at least one championship. It’s a very competitive tournament where we have to go out and bring our A-game for every match.”
Jackson likes what he’s seen from the girls so far this season.
“The girls have continued to play hard. We’ve played a lot of close games so hopefully we execute better in this tournament so that we can go back to winning like we did two tournaments ago. If we go back to the way we played then, we’ll be a tough matchup for anybody.”
Tech last played on Dec. 2-4 in the Track Kat Klash. The Lady Techsters finished 10th in the tournament and were led by senior Houston Granger who averaged a 198 pinfall for the tournament.
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