March 14, 2012
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech bowling team (29-36) returns to action Friday as Tech travels to Smyrna, Tenn. to compete in the Columbia 300 Music City Classic March 16-18.
The Lady Techsters face a difficult schedule as the 20-team field includes seven of the top-10 teams in the nation and 16 of the top-20 teams according to the National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll.
Top-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson, second-ranked Sacred Heart, third-ranked Valparaiso and fourth-ranked Arkansas State are among the teams competing in the Music City Classic.
Other teams competing include sixth-ranked Central Missouri, seventh-ranked Vanderbilt, eighth-ranked Nebraska, ninth-ranked Sam Houston State, 10th-ranked Stephen F. Austin, 12th-ranked New Jersey City, 14th-ranked Kutztown, 15th-ranked Wisconsin Whitewater, 16th-ranked Adelphi, 17th-ranked Alabama A&M, 18th-ranked Monmouth and 19th-ranked Saint Francis.
"This is the last tournament of our season and the toughest tournament of the year," said coach Shawn Jackson. "It's the tournament that you hope you're most prepared for so we are looking forward to it. We have two seniors (Houston Granger and Amy Day) that have done great things in four years for the program so I expect them to show up big in their last tournament."
Tech last played on Feb. 3-5 in the Prairie View A&M Invitational. The Lady Techsters upset then top-ranked Valparaiso, 4-1, in a baker best-of-seven and finished the tournament in 12th place.
Granger leads the Lady Techsters with a 188.0 pinfall average through 23 games while three other players have pinfall averages of over 180, Kayla Ghersini (186.0), Elizabeth Eldredge (182.9) and Kay Rawls (181.4).