Oct. 19, 2017
RUSTON, La. – The Louisiana Tech women’s bowling team will put months of offseason preparation to the test this weekend, competing in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational, running Friday through Sunday at AMF All Star Lanes in Kennar, La.
"I feel we are going to surprise other teams this year, head coach Matt Nantais noted. "We have worked hard in the offseason and have put a lot of work since being back on campus. I think the new members of the team will give us the boost we are looking for. We have great team chemistry this year. ”
The Lady Techsters, who recently received votes in the preseason National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll, begin their second season under Nantais. The Techsters return senior leaders Kelsey Calzaretta and Sarah McComic along with junior Kendall Hickman and sophomore Morgan Hall. The returners, who used last year to build chemistry and grow together, welcome two rookies in Ashley Channell and Kaitlyn Eder to the program.
Matches for this weekend begin at 9:55 a.m. Friday and 8:55 a.m. Saturday morning, running through the late afternoon both days. Bracket play on Sunday begins at 8:30 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m., with an awards ceremony to follow shortly thereafter.
The tournament field, comprised of 15 schools, includes seven ranked programs. Joining the Lady Techsters in the field are No. 5 Sam Houston State, No. 6 Stephen F. Austin, No. 17 Tulane, No. 19 UAB, No. 20 Prairie View A&M, No. 25 Duquesne. Alabama A&M, Bethune Cookman, Florida A&M, Jackson State, Lincoln Memorial, Southern, Texas Southern and Valparaiso round out the field.
"The tournament field is a mixture of all teams, Nantais added. "We have two former National Championship winners that we are looking forward to competing against. Over half the field is ranked in the top 25, which is something we are shooting for this year. ”
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational is a three-day tournament with matches on Friday and Saturday to determine seeding for the three-round bracket play on Sunday. The entire tournament will be scratch and based on match wins and losses. Teams compete in six, five-game Baker matches on Friday followed by six traditional matches on Saturday. The teams will then be seeded based on total pins for the bracket round on Sunday, which will be three Baker best 4-out-of-7 matches. The final team positions will be determined after the bracket round.
Live streaming for this weekend’s action can be found on the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational page.
To see this year’s team in action, subscribe to the LA Tech Bowling Channel on YouTube and be sure to follow @LATechBowl on both Twitter and Facebook for updates and results.
Friday, October 20
9:15-9:25 a.m. Introductions and National Anthem
9:30-9:42 a.m. 12-minute practice on all lanes
9:42-9:45 a.m. 3-minute travel intermission
9:45-9:55 a.m. 10-minute practice on starting pair
9:55-4 p.m. 5x5 baker matches
Saturday, October 21
8:30-8:42 a.m. 12-minute practice on all lanes
8:42-8:45 a.m. 3-minute travel intermission
8:45-8:55 a.m. 10-minute practice on starting pair
8:55 a.m.-4 p.m. 6 team matches
Sunday, October 22
8-8:12 a.m. 12-minute practice on all lanes
8:12-8:15 a.m. 3-minute travel intermission
8:15-8:25 a.m. 10-minute practice on starting pair
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 3 best 4-out-of-7 baker matches
12:40 p.m. (approx.) Awards Ceremony