Feb. 18, 2018
HOUSTON, Texas - This past weekend, the No. 19 Louisiana Tech women's bowling team wrapped up play at the SFA Stormin' Ladyjack Classic, taking home a 12th-place finish.
"I thought overall this weekend, we did pretty well," head coach Matt Nantais said. "On Friday, we came out great the first two matches, but we didn't finish the day very well and probably bowled three of our worst matches of the year. On Saturday, we made a huge move in the standings to move up to 12th place. We had the sixth highest pin count for the day. That proves that we can compete with the best teams in the nation."
Amidst a talented field of 16 ranked teams, the Lady Techsters raced quickly out of the gates, staking a 901-874 win over conference-foe UAB. Tech battled hard in their second match of the day, but fell last year's national champions, No. 2 McKendree, 1,156-973. Tech finished the first day with a 1-4 record and sat in 16th place.
However, on Saturday, the team responded well to adversity and staked wins over No. 5 Sam Houston State (993-967), No. 16 LIU-Brooklyn (963-898), No. 20 Wisconsin-Whitewater (1,087-934) and No. 8 Maryland Eastern Shore (910-902).
"This year our winning percentage against top-10 teams is 42 percent, Nantais added. "Today, we came out our first match and didn't execute as well as we did on Saturday. Part of the issue was that the lane machine didn't put out the oil pattern correctly across all the lanes. We had a mindset of throwing the ball one way and had to make a drastic change to be able to accommodate the conditions. No excuses though, because every team there had to do the same thing."
The Techsters entered tournament play as the No. 12 seed, but dropped a 4-2 contest to No. 13 UAB. However, the Techsters once again rallied and put together a dominant sweep of Maryville. In the 11th-place contest, Tech fell to North Carolina A&T to finish the weekend in 12th.
"The second match today, we executed like I know we're able to and won in four-straight games, Nantais said. "In our final match of the tournament, we gave away the match by not making enough spares, which is the downfall of every team when they lose. Now we will wait until the 21st to find out if we qualify to bowl in a sectional or in the USBC championship qualifiers. Our last regular season tournament will be at Vanderbilt, and we will be looking for a top-10 finish."
Sarah McComic led the Techsters with an individual average of 207.4 throughout the weekend - the 14th-best mark among all individuals.
Tech returns to regular-season action on March 16-18 at the Music City Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt.