Tech Bowling Wins Season Opener
Updated Oct 25, 2005 14:40:48
Louisiana Tech opened its bowling season when the Lady Techsters split matches to Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern last weekend.
Tech's first match of the season was at PVAM on Oct. 22 at the AMF West Houston Lanes, and the Lady Techsters (1-1) took that match by a score of 2,662 total pins to 2,569.
Freshman Toria Miles posted the highest score of the day from either team with a 244 in game one, and Tech head coach Shawn Jackson noted the importance of the freshman's good start.
“For a freshman and to bowl a 244 in her first game, I’m real happy with the way Tori came out and got the team going,” Jackson said.
Miles bowled an average of 191 for the three games, but sophomore Brandi Castle led the team with an average of 192, as her best pin total was in game two when she knocked over 211 pins.
Zyndra DeJongh, Crystal Lites, LaKeya Smith and Ashleigh Variest bowled averages of 184, 163, 152 and 144, respectively.
Tech won game one 882-819, dropped game two 870-918 and responded to win game three 870-832, and Jackson was proud of the way his team performed in their first match of the season.
“I’m happy with our performance in the first match,” Jackson said. “Bowling has the biggest home advantage of any sport. You can oil the lanes according to your players’ strengths, and for us to win on someone else’s lane is big. The girls did a good job of making adjustments.”
In their second match of the season, Tech faced Texas Southern, which was the Southwestern Conference champions last year and finished ranked tenth in the nation.
The Lady Techsters won the first game 944-924 but lost games two and three by scores of 851-907 and 955-971. The total pin count was 2,750-2,802 in favor of Texas Southern.
Smith led Tech with a three-game average of 228 with her biggest total in game one with a match-high 256. Castle, Miles and DeJongh posted averages of 189, 178 and 175, respectively. Ashleigh Variest and Lites recorded one-game totals of 185 and 135.
The Lady Techsters' next match will be tonight against Grambling State University at 6:30 p.m. in the Grambling Bowling Alley.