Tulane Crowned Champions at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational park
KENNER – No. 16 Tulane bowling claimed the top spot at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational. The Green Wave posted an 11-2 record, 14,312 pin total, and 207.4 pin average on their way to victory.
"We had phenomenal performances all three days, especially today where we beat two top-ten ranked teams. It's a fantastic way to finish the semester" said head coach Hayley Veitch. "It's an indescribable feeling to actually win the tournament you're hosting. After five years, this is definitely a dream come true."
A season long struggle to record wins on the first day of competition came to an end on Friday, with the squad going 3-1 in baker play. Tulane claimed wins against Southern, No. 24 Valparaiso, and Louisiana Tech, with their lone loss of the day coming against No. 23 UAB. After day one, Tulane was seeded second behind No. 5 Stephen F. Austin, with a 5,033-pin total and 201.32 pin average.
Tulane went 5-1 on the second day of competition. The Squad dropped its first individual match of the day to No. 6 Vanderbilt, before rallying to win the next five. The Greenies' wins came against Grambling State, Jackson State, No. 25 Texas Southern, Alabama State, and reigning NCAA champions Stephen F. Austin. The team knocked down an additional 6,210 pins on day two, improving their overall pin total to 11,243 and their pin average to 204.4.
The team entered Sunday seeded third, behind Stephen F. Austin and Vanderbilt. Tulane defeated the fourth seeded Jackson State four games to one in the first round of bracket play. The Wave then went on to defeat Vanderbilt, whom they had lost to earlier in the tournament. Tulane took the match in just four games, outscoring the Commodores 925-806. In round three Tulane faced off against Stephen F. Austin to determine the tournament champions. The Wave dropped game one against the reigning champions before rallying to win the next four, claiming the match and the tournament title.
Michelle Ng led all Tulane bowlers with a 1,353 pin total and 225.0 pin average, earning a second place ranking and all-tournament honors. Senior Jessica Quebedeaux and Sophomore Tiera Gulum had the Wave's other standout performances. Quebedeaux knocked down a career high 265 pins against Texas Southern, while averaging 222.67 pins over the tournament. Gulum knocked down a career high 252 pins against Jackson State, while averaging 209.20 pins over the tournament. The tournament's top spot went to Vanderbilt's Maria Bulanova, who posted a 1,414 pin total and 235.67 pin average.
Tulane will return to action on January 20-22 at the Kutztown University Invitational after taking a mid-season break.
2. Stephen F. Austin
3. Jackson State
6. Alabama State
8. Texas Southern
9. Louisiana Tech
11. Grambling State