Feb. 2, 2012
RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech bowling team (27-25) returns to action Friday as Tech travels to Arlington, Texas to compete in the Prairie View A&M Invitational at the International Training and Research Center Feb. 3-5.
The ITRC, home of the United States Bowling Congress, is a state-of-the-art complex which is designed for the testing of bowling equipment. It also houses state-of-the-art biomechanics technology and centerpieces such as a robotic ball thrower and computer ball tracking system. The facility is also the premier training center for athletes seeking a spot on the United States Olympic Team.
The Lady Techsters face a difficult schedule as the 12-team field includes seven of the top-10 teams in the nation 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 Prairie View A&M Invitational.
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 13th-ranked Norfolk St.
Coach Shawn Jackson is excited about the opportunity to play in such a great venue against some of the top teams in the country.
“The facilities used at the ITRC are the best in the nation and the girls have a chance to play in the premier training center,” said Jackson. “Professional bowlers from all over the world come and train there so this is a huge opportunity for the girls to be able to play in this venue with this level of completion.”
Jackson liked the way the girls bowled in the Mid-Winter Classic.
“The girls played hard in our last tournament. We played a lot of the same teams that will be here and finished eighth, behind the seven teams ranked in the top-10. We beat a couple of the ranked teams and played close games, so we just have to continue beating top ranked teams to put ourselves in position to be one of the top 15 teams in the country.”
Granger leads the team with a 189.6 pinfall average through 18 games while three other players have pinfall averages of over 180, Kayla Ghersini (183.4), Kay Rawls (182.1) and Elizabeth Eldredge (181.6).
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