Jan. 14, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Tech bowling team got a pair of wins over ranked opponents and took home a fifth-place finish from the Southern Varsity Classic over the weekend.
"We had some highs and some lows," Tech head coach Shawn Jackson said. "We beat two ranked teams, and we were the only team to beat Southern on their home lanes. But we lost some close games to teams we should have beaten, too.
"We have the capability to beat any of these top teams on any given day, but we've got to gain more consistency. We play well at times, and other times we make mistakes. And then we don't recover from our mistakes."
The Lady Techsters finished the weekend with a 4-6 overall mark with two wins each in singles play and Baker total pins matches.
The first day got off to a rough start as Tech lost four of its five matches. But the team got its best win of the weekend over 13th-ranked Southern, 889-853. Kristen Porter led the way with a 235, the Lady Techsters' high game of the weekend and her best of the season.
Tech also picked up a win in their first singles match on Sunday, downing Miss. Valley State 934-705 before losing to Morgan State to draw the No. 6 seed for Baker play.
Another big win would follow as Tech eked out a 763-750 victory over St. Peter's, currently ranked 19th in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll. The Lady Techsters almost made it a sweep of the host Jaguars as they held a 12-pin lead going to the fourth and final game of the Baker set, but Southern picked a nice time to bowl its best game of the weekend to claim the victory.
The Lady Techsters would beat Prairie View A&M in their final match, 698-662.
"It was a good weekend because the girls learned to play under some tough conditions," Jackson said. "And they learned that it is important to stay positive. They know they can beat Top 10 teams as long as they don't get down on themselves.
"Right now, we're in a tough spot because we don't have our own facility or anywhere nearby where we can practice. We can't load up and drive to Shreveport every day. But next year, when we have our own facility, things will be a lot better. Plus, we've got four girls back next year, so we have a lot of experience returning."
TOURNAMENT RESULTS (Tech individual high game in parentheses)
Sat., Jan. 12
--Singles Matches-- Alabama State def. Tech, 847-811 (Morgan Thompson, 187) Jackson State def. Tech, 1,026-783 (Lakeya Smith, 175) Tech def. Southern, 889-853 (Kristen Porter, 235) St. Peter's def. Tech, 1,016-914 (Stephanie Hinz, 206) Prairie View def. Tech, 845-811 (Toria Miles, 202)
Sun., Jan. 13
--Baker Total Pins-- Tech def. St. Peter's, 763-750 Southern def. Tech, 796-675 Tech def. Prairie View, 698-662