Tech Bowling Announces 2017-18 Schedule
Aug. 25, 2017
RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech head bowling coach Matt Nantais announced the 2017-18 Lady Techsters bowling schedule on Friday afternoon, featuring an eight tournament slate across five different states.
“I am very excited about the schedule we have for this season,” Nantais remarked. “We have some really tough tournaments this year. But if you're going to be the best you have to compete against the best. We're definitely looking forward to the challenge.”
The Lady Techsters will begin the season on October 20 in New Orleans at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Classic hosted by Tulane, their only tournament of the month.
“We're going to be starting a few weeks earlier than we normally do, so we will be spending the maximum amount of time the NCAA will allow us to preparing on the lanes once the team members get back to campus,” Nantais noted.
The schedule ramps up in November however, as Tech will travel to Houston (Sam Houston State), Jackson, Mississippi (Jackson State), and Montgomery, Alabama (Alabama State), for three separate tests.
The back half of the slate will see Tech head to Jonesboro, Arkansas, to kick off 2018 followed up with three trips to Texas over the next two months. Tech will also compete at the Southland Conference Championships on March 24-25, with a location yet to be determined.
The Techsters return a pair of seniors in Kelsey Calzaretta and Sarah McCormick along with fellow upperclassman junior Kendall Hickman. A pair of freshman standouts in Ashley Channell and Kaitlyn Eder join sophomore Morgan Hall to round out Nantais’ balanced roster.
“I feel with the incoming freshmen and the returning athletes we should have a pretty exciting season,” Nantais said. “We will have quite a bit of experience in tournament play on the team this year.”
During the offseason, Tech bowling added a new feature to their lanes called Specto. The tracking system records information about bowlers’ shots using a high-powered sensor and displays it back to them on an easy-to-use app. LA Tech is currently one of two bowling programs in the nation using Specto for their team.
“I am very excited about being able to use Specto for our team,” Nantais concluded. “It is similar to the PGA’s ball tracker. With Specto you simply log in with an app on your phone, iPad or tablet and pull up a practice routine and go. It is going to help us fine tune different parts of everyone's game. The other nice feature is anybody who uses our facility can download the app for free and use the feature as well.”
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